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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Apr 25, 2015 12:11 AM CST
last night we had guests for friday night it was the subject of the evening" where did the smell come from"? i rxplained also i put two notices on the comunal billboard that i appologoze and that it will be treated.....
i did not sleep yhe whole noght and at six in the morning i took some carboard boxes and some buckets in intention to fin something brown and dry.....i have a strong beleif that with good intentions you are taken to the right places if you ask.
so i drove around the sleepy city jerusalem and found an enormous heap of wood cuttings.public ...maybe belonging to the municipality in intention to cover areas to avoid evaporation.not only did i have a great time with this 5 meter high heap filling my boxes but also there was a small gift for me......an abandoned 40 centimeter high dry gold compost.especially forme.
so ifilled a bucket with alot of gratitude.
next step
thinking the whole ride back o.k what should i do?
with broken heart i decided to fill the old composter,wich was supposed to be the new one,with the old soggy compost that dried a very little during the windy night.this time i took a few spades of compost and the a few of brown wooden chips and so on.also here and there some soil.
it is not the ideal but i had presssure from the family that we could be in big trouble.

as i was pouring the stuff into the plastic composter i decided to dig a hole under the previous place and pushed some compost into the hole and covered with soil.now i have two versions.
all i need to do is buy a new composter and start a new correct process.
i left a little bit of dry ready compost next to the bin to show the garbage what it should become of soon.
i am writing this post as a gratitude to all who helped me.and not individually.sorry
this was a serious matter and publicly scarry.
i will be happy to share when things improve.
thanks again
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 25, 2015 9:49 AM CST
Well done, David. You got a nice reward, too.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Apr 25, 2015 10:13 AM CST
Good for you! I enjoyed 'traveling' with you as you collect dry material for your compost. Thank you.

Before you spend money to 'buy a new composter' all you need it a bit of wire fencing...if you use the keywords "round wire compost bin" in a Google Image search you may see several examples. Perhaps some kind person has discarded some wire fence about 6 or 8 feet long at the roadside and you may be able to pick it up for free?

I wish you continued success. Thumbs up
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Apr 25, 2015 11:38 AM CST
Good job David Hurray! Glad you found some good additives for your compost. Thumbs up

Fencing wire or wooden shipping pallets make good bins for compost...they keep it contained and yet allow for good air flow.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Compost-Bin/

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-build-a-compost...

https://goodcheergarden.wordpress.com/about-2/3-bin-compost-...
Name: Greene
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greene
Apr 25, 2015 12:02 PM CST
Moonhowl makes some good suggestions! Thumbs up
If you are worried about the neighbors you could also plant some tall flowering plants or some vines to camouflage the bin.
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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Apr 26, 2015 12:52 AM CST
greene said:Good for you! I enjoyed 'traveling' with you as you collect dry material for your compost. Thank you.

Before you spend money to 'buy a new composter' all you need it a bit of wire fencing...if you use the keywords "round wire compost bin" in a Google Image search you may see several examples. Perhaps some kind person has discarded some wire fence about 6 or 8 feet long at the roadside and you may be able to pick it up for free?

I wish you continued success. Thumbs up


the location is sensitive i know its very airy .....but it exposes all our leftovers
Name: Greene
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greene
Apr 26, 2015 8:42 AM CST
I am worried about the word 'leftovers' as it sounds like food that was scraped off the plates after the meal. The items that go into the compost should be the peels and pieces created during the beginning of food preparation. The onion peels, carrot tops and scrapings, potato peels, etc. Have you been putting cooked food into the bin?
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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Apr 26, 2015 12:33 PM CST
sure any food...we are vegetarians
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 26, 2015 8:34 PM CST
David, when I add "stuff" to my compost pile, whether it's potato peels or some spoiled tomatoes out in the garden, I usually just kind of dig a hole in the pile, dump the new stuff in, and cover it back up with the older compost. The new things seem to start breaking down quicker that way, as well as not being right on top for all to see. Smiling
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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Apr 26, 2015 9:16 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:David, when I add "stuff" to my compost pile, whether it's potato peels or some spoiled tomatoes out in the garden, I usually just kind of dig a hole in the pile, dump the new stuff in, and cover it back up with the older compost. The new things seem to start breaking down quicker that way, as well as not being right on top for all to see. Smiling


thanks for your advice i will have to change my attitude from just dumping it onto the pile and runnning off to work ,to a more concious act.the wire fence wont work in my neigborhood.but i got some more wood chips and try to throw them each time i unload my organic matter into the pile.
if the pieces of wood do not decompose and just stay as air providing components does it not ichange the whole texture of the final product?
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Weedwhacker
Apr 26, 2015 9:34 PM CST
The wood chips will decompose -- eventually. Compost is kind of a long-term project... I always have 2 piles, the one from last year, that I use, and the one from this year, that I'm adding to. But my compost is pretty much random, as opposed to structured (green/brown layers), and I only turn it over a couple of times a year.
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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Apr 27, 2015 5:36 AM CST
Weedwhacker said:The wood chips will decompose -- eventually. Compost is kind of a long-term project... I always have 2 piles, the one from last year, that I use, and the one from this year, that I'm adding to. But my compost is pretty much random, as opposed to structured (green/brown layers), and I only turn it over a couple of times a year.


i got what you said i will start a new composter soon
thanks for your advices
Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
May 2, 2015 10:34 PM CST
the examples of compost bins look really easy to build .maybe i will try one
thanks for the links.
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
May 3, 2015 9:44 AM CST
You are most welcome.

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