How to - Indoor Compost?

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Re: How to - Indoor Compost?

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One way or another you will be managing hordes of small organisms, standard variety earthworms are just among the few species that you can easily see in a handful of soil.

You might try reading "Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live" by Rob Dunn to increase your acceptance of earthworms into the mix of creatures usually to be found in the average house.

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Re: How to - Indoor Compost?

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+1 to 7w5, you'll get bugs whether or not you put them there.

I have a tumbler on my balcony. I threw a thin plank of plywood that was floating around in my basement under it to prevent drips onto my neighbor. I also do the 10 gallon bucket method with top and side aeration holes. Honestly, there isn't that much liquid if you are adding sufficient dry matter on a regular basis.

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mmm yeah, composting is a biological process, and digestion by worms seems to be the quickest/most efficient method available for small mass. there are fungal composters, what’s the name... johnson-su bioreactor, but it’s biggish/not for indoors.

my project got sidetracked by covid, but i might be ready to initiate soon as i attempt to populate the apartment with vegetation.

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Thanks for the replies everyone. I guess it's not a big deal to have drainage holes. I also should probably make sure my bucket is big enough for non-worm composting? I'll do some more research.

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Re: How to - Indoor Compost?

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I set up an 18 gallon bucket with layers of 1) a burlap sack 2) a pile of ripped up cardboard 3) fruit and vegetable waste, and 4) more cardboard pieces. I drilled holes in the top, sides, and bottom for airflow. I left this out on my balcony.

I've got 1/3 food waste and 2/3 cardboard, so the carbon to nitrogen ratio is along the guidelines I saw. If I turn the thing a couple times a week, then I should have soil in a few months based on what I read around the internet.

I went with the no-worms version of composting for now since I already had everything to try except a drill bit (which I ended up buying), but if this doesn't work out I will rethink that decision.

Any tips? Advice? Anything sound weird to more experienced people?

Also can I use compost as the sole component of soil for gardening in containers?

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Re: How to - Indoor Compost?

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Hmmm. I have balcony space and DW wants (me too, I guess) foliage and healthy plants. I hadn't really considered composting on a balcony, but it makes sense. I should look into this...

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I don't use drainage holes in my container (just a big rubbermaid) when I move my worms into the basement for winter. Any liquid will evaporate off as long as I don't add too much greens relative to the carbon (cardboard) and worms. That's another way of saying that I add a lot of cardboard and my population is healthy/large. (I think this also depends on temperature. It's cool here, about 50F.)

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i was thinking of how to avoid the worms and here’s another idea: get a pet rabbit. feed the rabbit vegetables. result (besides tasty rabbit) is quality manure. i can’t kill a pet though—i lack the element of crime, prefer others to do the dirty work for me, out of sight. another downside is the smell of indoor rabbit cage.

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So my understanding is that I don't need worms (though some bugs may find my compost pile a good habitat along the way). There are a lot of tutorials mentioning vermicomposting versus normal composting. They usually say something like as long as there is enough air, a good balance of carbon and nitrogen, and you turn the pile frequently enough that is enough to compost. I want to double check: Am I missing something? Are worms a necessary part of composting even when I'm not vermicomposting?

Maybe the difference is that I'm not actually composting indoors? I have the bucket on my balcony. Is that the difference?

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worms are faster than microbes because of the rate at which they digest. worms is worms + microbes really. they help each other. worm does the macro bit, like a tiny shredder, and is full of microbes.

a hot large outdoor compost pile can turn compost in as fast as 3 months maybe but it’s never gonna be that way indoors unless... well, not in any realistic way.

a slow/starting outdoor compost pile might take a year?

indoors and no wigglers... maybe never?

indoors is the operative word here. you don't want it to accumulate and stink up.

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Re: How to - Indoor Compost?

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A friend sent me this link to vermicomposting webinars if anyone else is interested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vermicompo ... 6635145861

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Re: How to - Indoor Compost?

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mathiverse wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:46 pm
A friend sent me this link to vermicomposting webinars if anyone else is interested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vermicompo ... 6635145861
thanks for that!

also, great thing, i spotted in a related event a nice-looking vermicomposter that could totally be diy’d with simple tools:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/composting- ... erelexpmlt

looks much better than buying an ugly-ass $100+ bunch of plastic! :)

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