Tag Archives: Compost

Pumpkin recycling stations map 2017




For several years I’ve had a Pumpkin Recycling Station after Halloween so people who don’t want their pumpkins to cause more harm can drop them off and I will compost them. (I take gourds and potted mums as well.) This year, a … Continue reading






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Compost volunteers in the garden




Composting rarely kills off all tomato and squash seeds. This is one reason that municipal yard waste programs don’t want you to place your pumpkins in yard waste. If you don’t want the “volunteer” tomato and squash plants that pop … Continue reading






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Maple leaves have fallen and we’re all going to live




This is a follow up to the recent post “maple leaves falling and we’re all going to die.” Turns out, stories of our imminent death may have been premature. I was able to contact Professor George Hudler of Cornell for … Continue reading






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Maple leaves are falling and we’re all going to die




I’ve received a lot of questions about the diseased Maple leaves falling early and whether they’re safe to compost. I’m terrible at this whole “don’t give an answer right away in order to drag readers along” so here’s the short … Continue reading






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Fungus is among us. Spray your tomatoes!




This summer has not been great for growing tomatoes. It was cold, then it was cold, and after it got hot, it then got cold again. Finally, as the weather seems to be warm long enough to keep the tomatoes … Continue reading






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Easy compost turning with video




Turning compost can be difficult for people with limited upper body strength, a bad back or limited height, depending on the style compost unit you use. Plunging a pitchfork or shovel into a pile is easy, but lifting that material may … Continue reading






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Winter Composting




There are two important things to know about winter composting in places like Massachusetts: 1. Winter composting is possible and requires little more than frequent additions. 2. If your compost freezes over, which is normal, that is NOT A PROBLEM! The pile will restart once … Continue reading






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Putting fall “garbage” to use




Autumn’s garbage provides a wealth of opportunities for next year’s garden. Not just leaves, but pumpkins and potted plants, too. (But leave the straw bale.)






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Rats and compost




Completely Updated 9/25/2016: Nobody wants rats in their compost. There are a few ways to get them to scram, and a few other ways to keep them from ever getting in, with varying degrees of cost and difficulty. Let’s start with the … Continue reading






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Upcoming compost class and event




I should have posted this earlier, but I’ve got one class (Thursday, October 1) and one event (Thursday, October 8) coming up. The class is Composting 101, taught through Arlington Community Education, Thursday, October 1, 7 – 8:30 pm. We’ll cover … Continue reading






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