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What kind of manure is it safe to compost?

If you stick to composting manure from herbivores like horses, sheep and cows and rabbits, you'll be okay. Chicken manure can also work.

But composting the feces of carnivores and omnivores like dogs and cats is problematic, because they can have a lot of dangerous pathogens. 

So stick to herbivores if you plan to compost manure.

There are other ways to compost dog poop. The type of composter where you bury the bottom into the ground and use enzymes to break it down will work. You would never want to use this material in a vegetable garden, however.

Maggots in your compost?

So you open up your compost bin and you see some maggots crawling around down there. Gross! But is this a good thing, or a bad thing? Turns out that maggots in compost is a good thing. When you're adding a lot of nitrogen rich materials to your compost bin like coffee grounds and vegetable scraps, they [...]

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Worms in compost?

One question we get a lot related to making your own compost is about worms.Are you supposed to add worms to your compost bin? And what if you see worms in your compost bin? Is that good or bad?Here's the deal. The name for composting with worms is actually vermicomposting. Vermicomposting, or worm composting, is a [...]

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Composting leaves fast

When fall hits, you typically end up with a lot of leaves at once!Even if you're a successful composter, it can be too much to fit into a single compost bin. Often, it's even too much for multiple compost bins!One of the keys to composting leaves fast is to shred them into smaller pieces. If you [...]

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Make ericaceous compost

Ericaceous plants are plants that like low pH, acidic soils. These plants hate high pH, alkaline soils, so they hate lime. Which plants are ericaceous? Azalea, Blueberry, Camellia, Calluna, Enkianthus, Gaultheria, Kalmia, Pieris, Rhododendron are some examples. If you are adding compost to the soil of any of these plants, you want to make sure that your compost [...]

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