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Old 12-05-2015, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Old 12-05-2015, 04:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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So what's new? Been doing all that for 35 years. Okay, I sprayed a lot of weedkiller when I worked as a landscaper and have at other times at my places (rarely) when pulling, solarization and other wannabee organic methods failed (vinegar is a joke IMO) and I have used some chemical fertilizer in FL while trying to balance/secure nutrients. (Need a source for manure and coffee grounds; because I'm single, my compost is mostly weeds (pulled easily in this sand) so probably not very nutritious. I put out trash once a month whether I need to or not; I don't want them to think my house is vacant. BTW, I have hot water and plumbing issues so I shower outside--very quickly--I have a very private yard. I've been lowcarbing so I rarely eat beans...I'm doing my part.

ETA: I love where I live! They recycle up a storm and offer compost and mulch for free to residents. They have it because they pick up my waste I can't compost for FREE. I had 8 or so yards of brush/branch compost delivered a couple of weeks ago; I'm slowly picking away at it.

Well darn, I thought I was adding pictures I could put in as needed.

#1 is my compost bin; I need to set up another I suspect.
#2 is solarization happening.
#3 is my free filler pile. Just sticks and clippings so not very yummy for plants
#4 is before I weeded where I'm solarizing.
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Good for you,Kat. The situation where I live, is very similar. Our yard waste is
picked up every two weeks with no limits on the amount.

I have a compost pile consisting of two sections. One side accumulates the waste
throughout the whole growing season. The other side is meanwhile used for adding
to the soil and to be screened and blended with peat moss for potting soil. Into my
compost go only grass clippings, old potting soil, kitchen waste, weeds as well as
fresh shoots, which are likely to decompose before next spring, when that side
will be activated for use.

The woody and coarse stuff is set out for yard waste collection. There it will be
shredded heat treated and composted. If you want some of that compost, you
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Kat,
I was working out of town last week and stopped in at a Starbucks coffee shop. In the corner of the room was a bin full of bags of used coffee grounds for free. Maybe other coffee shops give their used grounds away as well.
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I know they give them away; sometimes you have to reserve them. I'm without a working motor vehicle just now; I'm biking. I can carry 20 to 30 lb of groceries on my back but they don't leak so I'll wait until I have gas not leg power to pick up poop or grounds. Seriously.
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I take it that coffee grinds are good for banana trees?
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Doesn't Starbucks, as most major brands, puts MSG in the coffee?
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Doesn't Starbucks, as most major brands, puts MSG in the coffee?
I don't know but MSG is a naturally occurring amino acid. It's found in tomatoes, potatoes and other foods. I'm not worried about adding it to my soil.
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Those two piles of stuff really look good. Wish I had a good source for that in bulk.
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Hi Al,

I presume you are referring to Kat's Photos. Does you municipality not collect and
recycle yard waste? Most do nowadays.

If it does, go to the garbage dump an buy some. If not, I am sure, some of your
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I presume you are referring to Kat's Photos. Does you municipality not collect and
recycle yard waste? Most do nowadays.

If it does, go to the garbage dump an buy some. If not, I am sure, some of your
neighbouring jurisdiction do.
I was just going to suggest that. And search hard. The man I paid to deliver 2 loads of my "free" stuff in his 5 yard dump truck (how many loads in my S-10?) lives in the county and digs out septic systems for additional retirement income. He sells good dirt; I found him on CL. I didn't want his dirt; I wanted this so we came up with a price. Long story short he had no idea it was available! Nor do many of my neighbors.

When I lived in Takoma Park they stopped loading leaf mold; people with their trash cans picking up a little meant their collection grew. Finally their pile, by a stream, grew so unwieldy that EPA started screaming; they had to get rid of it toot sweet. I suggested that they charge residents to deliver a full dump truck load which they did. For a higher fee they delivered to areas nearby. One man's/city's trash....

Good luck.

ETA: You're not far from Oklahoma City; they have a landfill. Are they just burying yard waste? Shame if they are. (Here there sell the big stuff to an electrical producer; how's that for ingenuity?) Also I know people who run around and pick up bagged leaves; they're not ready to go but will breakdown. Tree trimming companies in the DC area dumped chips for free; it cost them to dump them. Longer for compost but eventually and until then it's good around plants.
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If you have neighbors or friends with chickens or other poultry you may be able to score some used bedding/litter. I have chickens and quail and even with three huge compost bins I don't have space for it all so give much of it away when the bins are too full. My problem is getting the browns for the bins so collecting my neighbors' leaves, and getting free sawdust and shavings from local woodworkers helps round out my piles. The chickens help turn the top foot or so of the piles so they earn their keep between that and producing eggs.
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