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2008-07-01 12:00:31

By Karen Troianello Q. I have been told that I can compost my kitchen scraps in a garbage can. Is this possible? A. Yes, a garbage can can be made into a compost bin. Punch holes in the bottom and the sides, as well as the lid. Place about four inches of fertile soil in the bottom of the can. Use all of your vegetable cuttings, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea leaves and fruit peels. Do not add animal fats or meat scrap products, which attract animals and can produce an offensive odor....

2008-06-30 00:01:35

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jun. 29--Say that you're a green-minded apartment or condo dweller striving to live sustainably. You've already minimized your carbon footprint by foregoing the large house and yard that characterizes much of suburbia, but the idea of composting your food scraps seems a little unwieldy. You don't have anywhere to put a composting bin the size of a trash can, much less a garden in which to plow the nutrient-rich product it creates....

2008-06-26 00:02:22

Residents are being encouraged to start composting their garden rubbish. Stroud District Council is asking them to reduce the amount of garden waste that is being send to landfill. The council will collect garden rubbish in specially branded, pre- paid garden refuse sacks, but it goes straight to landfill where it is unable to decompose properly. The alternative to this, is for people to compost at their own homes. Garden rubbish can be also be disposed of at the district's household...

2008-06-24 02:29:46

By Victor Tine, The Daily News of Newburyport, Mass. Jun. 23--NEWBURY -- The Board of Health has received a second shipment of 20 compost bins under a grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Residents can buy the bins starting today from Board of Health Chairman Alba Gouldthorpe at Town Hall. They can then be picked up at the Boston Road transfer site tomorrow, Thursday or Saturday. Under the rules for Newbury's DEP grant, the Board of Health must pay the full...

2008-06-24 02:29:44

BUDDING gardeners are being reminded that warm, wet weather is ideal for home composting. Recycle Now says recent weather conditions provide perfect conditions to grow plants. And the environmental group is holding a campaign to get more people composting and is offering discounted compost bins with free delivery and guide to getting started. David Smith, from the Recycle Now Campaign, said: "Plentiful rain during warmer summer months actually means plants and gardens are growing...

2008-06-07 03:00:12

By Goldstein, Jerome NATIVE AMERICAN DIVERSION Composting initiatives by Indian tribes vary in size, processing method and range of feedstocks. NA little over a year, the Ho-Chunk Nation - a tribe in Black River Falls, Wisconsin - has diverted almost four tons of food scraps from landfills to a community compost site. Unlike most programs created to divert organics from disposal, the Ho-Chunk Nation launched its effort as a health initiative to address a major concern: diabetes. Through...

2007-10-17 03:00:11

By Melear, Claudia T Lunsford, Eddie Abstract. This article provides basic information on how a common species of earthworm, Eisenia fetida, can be used in the biology classroom as well as a discussion of how to establish and care for a vermicompost bin. We discuss ideas for inquiry activities with the organism and provide a sample-guided inquiry that demonstrates how a long-term, theme-based unit involving earthworms can address a wide variety of content from the National Science Education...

2007-09-19 09:01:14

By Alexander, P D The vast majority of compost research has focused on commercial- scale composting and attempts have been made previously to adapt that knowledge to amateur composting. However, amateur composting is potentially more variable and thus more difficult to generalize. This experiment used three types of amateur compost vessels and examined the effects of vessel type and turning on the resultant temperature, nutrient concentrations and physical characteristics. The effect of...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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