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No-turn compost? Seriously?

Question: Do I have to turn my compost? Answer: Kitchen and yard waste will compost even if you do not turn it.  Microbes, bugs and worms will do the work.  No one turns a forest floor where even the fallen … Continue reading

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How does compost improve compacted soil?

Organic matter feeds microscopic fungi that wind their way around clay and sand particles.  Bacteria feast on the fungi, plant roots chase after the exudates from fungi and bacteria, worms and a plethora of tiny creatures wiggle and creep around … Continue reading

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Waste Incineration – Why burning garbage is a really bad idea!

Guest blog by engineer Eduardo Uranga Are the officials at the Comox Valley Regional District, considering building a waste incineration facility as part of a waste management strategy? Some supporters of waste incineration have said this is a way to … Continue reading

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Speedibin user gets his compost to 243 degrees F!

Now and then we are flabbergasted.  This customer did it.  I didn’t know compost could get this hot. Here is his story, for the record.  Just had to phone from Orangeville, Ont about results of using the device. And delighted … Continue reading

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What is your compost style?

The Saskatchewan Waste Recycle Council  put together a fun interactive way to test what compost method suits your lifestyle. Check it out! 

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No Smell Composting

From the Comox Valley Echo, Tuesday 7 January 2014, Ask a Pro Question: How can I make sure my compost does not smell? Answer: Compost does not smell if it is made right. Usually any smells are caused by nitrogen … Continue reading

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Compost cooked food?

Question: I’ve heard I should not compost cooked food. Is that true? Answer: Depends. You can compost most kitchen scraps, cooked or not. The problem with cooked food is the fat or sugar or meat that is added. The sugar … Continue reading

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How to compost weeds!

Editorial for In the Garden, CV Record 5 June 2012 Yikes, the weeds are getting out of hand! And what lush growth! I would love to have that rocket fuel in my compost but I don’t want to spread the … Continue reading

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What to compost

From “Ask a Pro”, Comox Valley Echo, 1 May 2012 Question: What should I be composting? Answer: The simple answer is anything that is organic. But some additions decompose better than others. The big four are kitchen scraps, grass clippings, … Continue reading

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Rave on!

From “Ask a Pro”, Comox Valley Echo, 3 April 2012 Question: What’s the big deal with compost and why is everyone raving about composting? Answer: It helps your garden, municipality, planet and chequebook. Compost is the ideal soil amendment. It … Continue reading

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