Your dream compost ingredients?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by BostonBull, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    What would be the absolute best ingredients, and at what ratio for a compost pile?

    I have some land behind the shop I can use to make some compost, and I have all the machinery needed to turn and add to it available there too.

    For free, I have access to Chips, Leaves, and fresh grass clippings. I know there is more, but I get lost with all the talk here. Manure? Sheetrock for lime? Veggies (if I can get them)? Fish? What else?

    Please go easy on me!

    If this is posted elsewhere on the site, please delete this thread.
     
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Use what you have -> 30:1 = starting C:N
     
  3. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
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    is 30:1 by weight? (I think that's obvious but just wanna make sure)
     
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
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    BostonBull, a good book to get you started is the Rodale Book of composting, $15-16, has diagrams of different pile types and lists of materials and percentages. You probably can find the same info on line somewhere.
     
  6. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
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    Thanks Kiril! ... 'twill be usefull at some point.

    Might eventually build a public caclulator where you select what you have and it tells you how much of each to put in the pile.
     
  7. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    Any good online sites of all the Carbon and Nitrogen sources?
     
  8. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Boston are you really going to do this, that's great!!! here hope this helps,
    http://www.compostingcouncil.org/

    also a good rule of thumb is 3 parts green waste to 1 part brown, its stupid but it works.......
     
  9. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am really going to try this out! I have the space, it will be a project transporting it, but oh well.

    I figure I will use grass clippings, leaves, small amount of wood chips, coffee grounds, and maybe some sheetrock.

    How far does this cook down? Say if I wanted a 10 yard yield? Should I start with 20 yards of material? I know this is a small pile to some of you! And how long is it good for?
     
  10. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    Heres a cool site, not sure if it is all accurate?
     

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