how do you know how much percent of what ?
10% of one thing 10% of another , just eyeball it?
I do not have much choice I am restricted to what I am able to use as a bin so I found a compromise and heard it works
I added a bunch of holes today I am going to find leaves or hay somewhere and add it in mix it up and see what happens from there hopefully I can turn this thing around and make it compost correctly...
if it doesnt seems to work or gets worse I plan to start over with a bunch more leaves ...can throwing some of the soil from the ground in there help?
here it is more sandy I am in central florida...
thanks for all the help everyone!
rainbowgardener wrote:Pine needles are acidic and slow to break down,
so you wouldn't want lots in your pile. You don't really need to worry about whether some plant might be toxic or not, as long as you aren't filling your pile up with one kind of thing. The key to composting (one of them!) is diversity. In general you don't want your pile to me more than 10% any one thing (where one thing doesn't mean leaves, that's a category, it means e.g. maple leaves). The stuff is going to be in there for months, worked on by heat, cold, bacteria, fungi, insects, and other creepy crawlies... the toxins will break down.
But you'd really be better off ditching the plastic bin and starting over with chicken wire, wooden pallets, concrete blocks (the kinds with holes in the sides) or anything else with lots more ventilation. Lots of that stuff is available from freecyle.