1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

August 27, 2008

:240 EM Power

Filed under: :240 EM Power — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:16 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:240 EcoTip:Manure management is an important step in controlling flys. Adding bacteria to manure piles, composters and pet waste disposal systems (:239) helps it break down faster.

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EM-Power is a bacteria supplement that can be used to help break down manure. It is available from ARBICO-organics.

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August 23, 2008

:236 Humanure

Filed under: :236 Humanure — Tags: , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:10 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:236 EcoTip: Human manure may not be at the top of our thoughts when it comes to recycling, but it is a waste product that must be dealt with. The Humanure Handbook provides factual and practical information about how to safely compost human manure and then use it productively.

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THE HUMANURE HANDBOOK

A GUIDE TO COMPOSTING HUMAN MANURE

3rd edition – Published September 1, 2005

by Joseph Jenkins

Despite all the books on manure and how to use it, human manure composting is not covered elsewhere, making THE HUMANURE HANDBOOK: A GUIDE TO COMPOSTING HUMAN MANURE a fine reference for any who would learn these basics. Now in its 3rd edition, THE HUMANURE HANDBOOK covers all the basics of human waste management, from septic systems to commercial composting toilets, sewers, and more. A history of various composting methods, science, and problems is accompanied by a healthy dose of humor plus a solid foundation of science into pathogens, pros and cons of competing systems, and more. If you’re an avid composter, there’s nothing like this on the market. Midwest Book Review

You can order the Humanure Handbook or download it for free at http://www.jenkinspublishing.com/humanure_contents.html

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March 22, 2008

:082 Community Yard Waste

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:082 Tip: Even if you mulch mow, you will probably have some form of yard wastes that should go in the compost pile. Many communities have yard waste recycling programs that turn grass clippings, leaves, and other organic materials from your yard into composted mulch – which is frequently available to residents at low or no cost.

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Turning your own yard wastes into compost is the best for the environment, but a quick reality check is that most people will never make their own compost. For this reason community yard waste recycling programs are going to be best for the environment.

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March 21, 2008

:081 Compost Organic Waste

Filed under: :081 Compost Organic Waste — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:081 Tip: Turning your yard wastes and food scraps into compost reduces landfill disposal and makes great fertilizer.

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There is a wide variety of information about composting available on the Internet.

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Compost. Composting creates an organic, slow-release fertilizer that improves soil fertility and physical condition. You can make compost by collecting crop residues, animal manure, unmarketable and unsold harvested produce, and organic waste found around the farm and home. Yard waste (fallen leaves, cut grass or pruned twigs and branches) or some food wastes (egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peelings) are also good ingredients. Layer all these materials in a pile, add water, and turn once or twice a week. After a storm or hurricane, even more yard waste is available to be composted. Source: University of Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service

If you want a lot more details – check out http://www.compostguide.com/

A number of composters are evaluated and available at http://www.peoplepoweredmachines.com/composter_landing.html

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