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I’m wondering if you two have done any research on easy, I mean EASY, ways to compost all those green kitchen scraps w/o having to haul in the brown organic material. Obviously doesn’t make sense to burn fuel (gas) and $$ to haul
Anyone working w/red worms? I saw someone re-using old refrigerators as a worm box at the local Sustainable Living Fair, but don’t know much about this either.
Your urbavore insight would be much appreciated.
Regarding your question about brown and green materials. From the research
If you’re running short on brown materials, yes, you can use paper or cardboard.
Regarding composting with worms (vermicomposting)
http://journeytoforever.org/compost_worm.html- good history and tons of info about vermicomposting
http://www.compostinstructions.com/worm-composting-vermicomposting/- the basics of composting with worms
I hope this helps with your composting endeavors and please let us know if there is ANYTHING else we can do to help!!
OK … me again … Just learned that the “brown” composting element can be shredded cardboard or paper …. Have plenty of that around the house to recycle. Here’s my next question: How do I know what’s safe to use around food plants (fruits, vegetables, herbs) in my garden. I don’t want to integrate paper in my compost that may have toxic ink or other chemical treatments that could be unhealthy!
Thanks for your consideration. I’ll look forward to your reply!!
I would love to take credit for answering this question, but it appears someone else already has and in much more depth than I can.
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Should you not want to leave theUrbavore site (and I would totally understand that), the long and the short of it goes like this: Paper products in this country are super regulated to not be toxic (along with tapes, inks, etc). For the most part, if you want to throw most paper and cardboard in your compost
You probably want to avoid composting paper products that are neon or fluorescent colored or that have metallic ink. These could be toxic.