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Compost Bin Etiquette!

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  • LauraM
    A word of advice on using the compost bins! PLEASE CHOP WHAT YOU ADD TO THE BINS. There are gigantic brassica stalks (collards, Brussels sprouts or something)
    Message 1 of 1 , May 5, 2013
      A word of advice on using the compost bins!

      PLEASE CHOP WHAT YOU ADD TO THE BINS. There are gigantic brassica stalks (collards, Brussels sprouts or something) in the south bins today which should just be taken home and put into the yard and food waste bin. Since ALL residents of the City of Seattle are required to have food waste pick up, we all have somewhere to take them.

      Don't depend on others to do your work for you. Bring a paper yard waste bag with you, put your garden debris into it and them take it home. OR chop it up and put it into a black plastic bag in your plot and let it rot in place. Dig it into your garden soil when fully decomposed.

      Large stalks like sunflowers, collards, Brussels sprouts, kale and others are very fibrous and take forever to decompose. Everything else that is ok fodder for the bins should be CHOPPED up.

      If you are going to use the compost bins do it the easy way: When you are clearing something from your plot keep a pair of hand clippers handy and snip the material into little pieces into a bucket as you go. Then all you have to do is walk the bucket over to the compost bins and dump it into the intake bin!

      If you need physical help with any of this please let site leaders know.
      To help with composting contact Tom Standaert, our compost guru: tstandaert@...
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