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Old 10-13-02, 12:15 PM
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How can I break down the garden waste in my compost bin without buying chemicals and like products from the garden centre? Many thanks in advance. Also, I have a New Guinea Busy Lizzy, it is beautiful, and I've been told they die once the summer is over, is this true? if so, can I bring it indoors during the cold months?
 
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Old 10-14-02, 11:19 AM
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Hi Daisychain,

Compost is the result of decay. As natural as a rotting Apple. All you need is air & the natural bactieria & oxygen working together to rot all and everything down into a dark brown plant food.

Do a search on any search engine like www.google.com for Compost & you will see that no mater the container, or piles like we use. Adding air by stiring or tumbling or just punching a stick into the smoldering mass of rotting Organic mater, it will become Compost. No Chemicals required for making Compost. I have taken some white sugar from time to time, to get the Bacteria rockin but that's just a treat & not a must.

As for Annual plants comming in for the Winter. Hold back on but do not let the soil become bone dry. Don't give any food or worry if the leaves fall off. Then in early Spring you will se the plant coming back. Give more water and food untill all danger of frost is over & put it back outside.

Try taking some cuttings in early Spring and put them in water, they will send roots out & you can have some more plants for free. Pot them up for summer and save the nice one to over Winter.

I hope that helps you out. If you need more help please just ask

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Old 10-14-02, 09:18 PM
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Hi Daisychain,

If I understand you, your New Guinea bizzie lizzie is impatiens. They are tender plants and cannot take frost. If you live in an area that gets frost, you will have to dig them up and bring them inside. Cut them back by one third before you dig. Check them for bugs before you bring them in. It's best to bring them in before you turn on the heat in your home so they will have time to adjust.

Here's some sites that explain how to make compost easily.

http://www.a-horizon.com/compost/compost_menu.html
http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/s...647001285.html
http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/soil/
http://www.mastercomposter.com/ref/orgmat1.html

Look on the left side of this site for 'Compost Piles' and there's several topics to click on.
http://www.mastercomposter.com/

If you need more help, let us know.

Regards,
Newt
 
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Old 10-15-02, 05:35 PM
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Newt have you thought of putting out a CD?

Newt's Mother Of all Links, NMOAL.com I like it, Do you need a manager I am a good volenteer.

Can you guess wher I put them? Hey Hey that's quite enough of that Yes up-up-up into the Stickey( Useful Garden Links.)

If a Gardener goes into the land O links & comes out without learning something well I whould have to think they don't know how to copy & Paste

I wonder who told her she had to use Chemicals to make Compost? Oh well I think she is good to go now.

A note to everyone :::> Take a Look at the Garden links they are growing into something great & very worth while looking through & adding to your Favorites.

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Old 10-15-02, 08:50 PM
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Thank you Marturo! I like my new name. Wonder if I could make any money on that new CD you suggest? Well, I guess I'd rather just give away the information. That's how I got much of it from others.

Take care,
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