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The purposeful biodegradation of organic matter, such as yard and food waste.

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A Quick Tip by sustainablogger

  • Feb 24, 2011
Got leftover wine? Yeah, I know, it's a rarity here, too... but when you do, pour it into your compost bin, pile, or other receptacle... it works as a compost starter.
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February 24, 2011
Hmmm, do you know why that is?  Very interesting, I've never heard of it, but I do have a little compost pile, and I do have some two buck chuck lying around... :P
February 24, 2011
As I understand it, it's the microbes in the wine (mainly yeast...I think)... they're hungry little buggers... I've actually considered buying a bottle of two buck chuck or something similar for a regular kick to the microbe population...
February 24, 2011
Oh, good to know! Have they had any effect on the bugs that you have in there?
February 24, 2011
Bugs as in insects? Or the microbes? Haven't noticed anything with the former...
February 24, 2011
Oh, I was referring to the earthworms and such because I was afraid they wouldn't be able to handle the alcohol. Maybe in small doses :)
February 24, 2011
OK... yes, I think moderation is probably key. Never dumped a whole bottle in... just leftovers.
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review by . February 17, 2010
Composting is the storing of organic materials over time resulting is a nutrient-rich organic fertilizer or mulch which some call "black gold". This fertilizer is created by organisms which breakdown the organic materials that are put into the compost bin together. Composting is easy and fun and even kids can get involved in composting.  I've been composting for years and I really enjoy it.        So, how do you about composting?  Well, let's get dirty. First, …
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
I remember composting before it was 'in'
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Composting is the purposeful biodegradation  of organic matter, such as yard and food waste. The decomposition  is performed by micro-organisms, mostly bacteria, but also yeasts and fungi.  In low temperature phases a number of macro-organisms, such as springtails, ants, nematodes, isopods and red wigglers  also contribute to the process, as well as soldier fly, fruit flies and fungus gnats. There are a wide range of organisms in the decomposer community.

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