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    I would like to make compost for my garden plants, but im not sure which metod is the best anaerobic or aerobic, please is somebody here has done compost before anaerobically [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_t_32.gif[/img] or aerobically please reply me your results and how did you make the compost (Pile, tank, special building)

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    I should let Lavenderdawn reply since the compost pile is her territory......Nah!

    Our compost pile is actually a large rotating drum. Oxygen seems to be a required part of the organic breakdown. A pile should be regularly turned and kept moist or so it seems to me.
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    You can do it anaerobically but it's much slower getting the nutrients released to the plants. Our 'compostumbler' is really just a more efficient (i.e. lazy) way to turn the compost pile. Moist & oxygen, that's right. With the proper balance of 'brown' & 'green' & 'dirt' (for the organisms to get things started) and turning it every day, you can have ready to use compost in 2 weeks.
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    Ohhh! But do you have a photo of your composter
    a blueprint""? something, im just doing anaerobic compost, but its very smelly and full of mold and mildew, its just a black icky, smelly mud. will it change in time to an "earthy" compound What about "maturing" compost? whats that?
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    Anaerobic compost is foul stuff and a condition to be avoided. To my nose, it smells like a poorly run dairy operation and that isn't something I want replicated outside the kitchen door.

    We have a snooty Smith & Hawken composter, which my wife picked up for free at a demo several years ago. Prior to that, I always used wooden pallets as walls for compost. I have a sort of corkscrew aerator I ordered from a small manufacturer in Arizona. I used to just attack it with a turning fork, but this is easier, so I use it more frequently. That's a good thing.

    Lots of leaves go into our compost, as well as all the kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, etc. A year ago, we bought a giant bag of crushed corn cob for a rabbit's litter box before learning it's dangerous stuff. So I added it to the compost and the pile has worked beautifully ever since. I'm now putting cat litter in too now. The cat litter is recycled newspaper pellets.

    Every year I remove most of the compost and bury it in the area where I dump other dirt I dig up here and there. It's my topsoil factory.
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    Well i always make my compost like this:\

    In a LARGE pot i add a 4 inches of Soil, then 8 inches of Organic Waste then 4 inches of soil then 8 inches of organic waste and so on, 2 months later there is only a "black soil" but i wonder if it it a good compost....
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    I used to work for a plant company and would take home dead plants all the time and fill trash bags with them cut up. Every day I would shake the trash bag up and mist a little into it. That seemed to work great since wife and neighbors didn't appreciate the original pile. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] I also added mycorrhizal fungi to it as well as worms. Befor I used it I would just go through what I was going to use and take out worms and add them to another bag. This is also what the 2nd layer in my tank bog is made from.

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    I highly recommend aerobic vs anaerobic. Most of all there is less offensive odor, anaerobic is most always quite offensive.

    Here is a link that gives some details of both processes: aerobic vs anaerobic




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