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Composting presentation presented at the Mid-America Homesteading Conference on September 1, 2012 in Joliet, IL. http://www.homesteadingconference.com

Composting presentation presented at the Mid-America Homesteading Conference on September 1, 2012 in Joliet, IL. http://www.homesteadingconference.com

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    • Deborah Niemann
    •  It’s free! It’s all natural It’s naturally balanced It’s an outstanding fertilizer It holds moisture, protect against drought It can be used to make your own potting soil It can be used as mulch You are keeping waste out of landfills  Yard waste and food make up 23% of landfill waste!
    •  Where?  Close to garden  Close to water  Close to house? Compost bin or pile or …?  Size (at least 3 X 3 X 3)  Cover?
    •  Carbon-nitrogen ratio (usually brown and green, except manure is “green”) Organic matter Avoid  Coal ash (high in sulfur and iron)  Colored ink (heavy metals)  Diseased plants  Inorganic material (plastic, aluminum, glass)  Animal products (meat, bones, dairy, fat)  Dog and cat poop  Synthetic chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, etc)
    •  But …  You can speed up the process  Chop or shred larger items  Turn the pile  Make a big pile  Keep it in the sun  You can make the process more efficient  Add algae or seaweed  Add alfalfa  Add manure  Add blood meal
    •  Can be used after a couple of weeks if it has heated up to 140 or more Will take 3 months to a year to completely decompose
    •  Composting with worms  Many of the same benefits as regular composting  But even more nutritious for plants  Can be used by people living in an apartment  Doesn’t stink or attract flies when done properly  Can compost fats and dairy products (gravy, salad dressing)  Can be used to make potting soil  Can be used as a top dressing or vermicompost tea
    •  Red wigglers
    •  Can buy a fancy bin Can make a worm bin out of a plastic storage bin with lid  Drill holes in sides, top, and bottom  Add bedding  Spritz it to make it wet  Add worms  Feed worms (tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells, dinner scraps, junk mail, etc.)  Harvest vermicompost  As worms multiply, make new bins!