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For a Greener Hill: Composting

Submitted by Editor on June 6, 2011 – 10:53 pm | Print or Email »3 Comments

by Jessica Miller (Emery Street) | This column provides tips on reducing waste while saving money.

There is nothing as rewarding as composting: watch your waste effortlessly turn into a natural fertilizer.

You don’t have to buy much, or anything at all, to start a compost. You can simply make a pile in a corner of your yard. However, you may choose to contain it. For that, you can either dig a hole and put your organic waste in there, or you may use metal posts and chicken wire. There are a lot of tips online saying that the pile should be in a sunny location and covered. Although I wasn’t able to follow that advice, my compost is doing just fine. I give it very little attention – I don’t even turn it more than twice a year – and in return I receive a year’s supply of fertilizer and potting soil.

Our household consumes a lot of compostable material, so we decided to use wood pallets to build a large one, with one side containing compost ready to use, and the other one containing our waste. There are many tutorials online, such as this one: http://www.homeandgardeneasy.com/how-to-make-compost. Many businesses give pallets for free. We drove around town, noticed a pile, asked, and took them home.

Compost: vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee and tea (including filters), leaves, grass clippings, egg shells. We have rabbits and use wood-stove pellets for their litter: the wood pellets mix well in the compost, and their droppings make a great fertilizer.

Don’t compost: meat, droppings from animals that eat meat, rocks; tree branches, hard pits, and nut shells won’t harm your compost, but they will not decompose well.

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  • Mel says:

    Here’s a great woodworking tip I was recently shown while building furniture. It’s how to quickly bury a nail (a.k.a. blind nailing) so you don’t have to file them off. It’s easy, just follow these steps:

    1.) Use a 1/2″ wood chisel to “flare” up the wood grain
    2.) Slip nail underneath the “flared” wood
    3.) Set the nail a little underneath this flange
    4.) Add wood glue, set, sand, stain, and finish

    Voila! The nail is virtually invisible.

  • Judy says:

    Here’s a great woodworking tip I was recently shown while building furniture. It’s how to quickly bury a nail (a.k.a. blind nailing) so you don’t have to file them off. It’s easy, just follow these steps:

    1.) Use a 1/2″ wood chisel to “flare” up the wood grain
    2.) Slip nail underneath the “flared” wood
    3.) Set the nail a little underneath this flange
    4.) Add wood glue, set, sand, stain, and finish

    Voila! The nail is virtually invisible.

  • Hilary says:

    We are trying our hands at composting this year, along with raising some veggies in a new raised garden I built(very poorly, but functional). Thanks for the tips – I am wondering, our yard is overrun by bunnies and our grass is filled with droppings pretty much all year round. Do you think it would be beneficial for me to gather some for the bottom of my garden before I fill it with soil this week?

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