[Greenbuilding] Compost issues
Unschooler at atlasok.com
Thu Nov 15 23:37:32 EST 2007
Lawrence Lile wrote:
> Maybe I'll retrofit with a luggable loo lid, and try the 5 gallon model
> for a while. Do you use BioBags?
We do. In the summer they dissolve almost too quickly to make it a
perfect choice, but when it's not terribly hot, they work fine. We
tried the paper bags, too, but because I bring my own bags to the
farmers' market or the grocery store, we just couldn't keep enough paper
bags around to use. We bought a huge case of them that will end up
lasting us about a year-and-a-half when they're all gone (for a family
of 3). I believe it cost us about $90 for that quantity.
> What about vericomposting in a compost toilet? Does that work?
I don't know much about how it works, but yes....Tom Watson (of "Watson
Wick" fame) mentioned these when I heard him speak in October at the
Natural Building Colloquium in Kerrville, TX. When I got home, I looked
it up (http://www.wormdigest.org/content/view/44/2/ -- scroll down) and
it appears that it doesn't work all that differently from just your
average compost toilet. However, the "deposits" would either have to be
made directly into a larger worm container or you're still left with
dumping into a central collection unit where the composting is done
separately. I think "finishing" humanure with vermicomposting could
work very well--a great way to ensure the compost is fully digested.
I'm getting ready to expand my vermicomposting to include my chicken
litter so we may throw a few batches of humanure in there, too.
> And where did you get your worms - some special ones or garden variety?
Red wigglers. I ordered my last batch from "Trinity Ranch" in southern
Missouri....they were some of the cheapest I found and they were
geographically pretty close to me so they wouldn't be in the mail too
long. (It was winter when I ordered and the order took longer than I
would have liked because of the weather....Trinity didn't do very well
at communicating the delay to me, but I've read enough good things about
them to assume it was an isolated incident.)
My first batch of worms I got free at the County Extension booth at the
fair....they were giving away only TEN worms, but they multiplied very,
very quickly. It was a great way to learn.
I've tried many different set-ups, but currently I'm vermicomposting in
a commercial bin like this:
I like it, but it's really not that much better than a plain rubbermaid
container. If you're up for making one, I think this one would work
well and would be very easy to build:
I love vermicomposting!! :-)
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