artjak, we never get anything like that up here in Scotland. I would love that course. I'm a compost nut. I love collecting for it, adding to it, playing with it, digging it over, you name it!
My freinds all think I'm nuts. If I see any veg peelings, or anything at all that I can use, I pinch it.We've just been given re-cycling bins for food waste. So now my neighbours hand over the contents to me. They give me all the veggie peelings etc, in the wee compostible bags.
When I hear anyone's lawnmower going, I drop them a ton bag over the fence, and they drop it back after. Then I raid the blue bins for the newspapers, and layer it. The best compost ever was last yrs. My friend breeds rats and hamsters, (and I have 3 rats too) and they are bedded on a shredded hemp bedding. So that was added in layers, and I got hotter, quicker heaps this year, with a much finer crumb. And don't worry, they are vegetarian rats, with a home-mixed diet!) Our bin men have little to do in our street, as I am even collecting the 2l plastic bottles this yr for a gh for the school, and a coldframe for me!
Our standing joke is that my partner buys me all the little sundries I need for my garden and can't afford, but he has yet to get me a ton of manure! No red roses for me on Valentine, Where's MY SHIT?!
I was really excited in Autumn, when the school caretaker dropped me off 5 bags full of leaves for my leafmould bin!
The trouble is, when I get a really good batch, I can never decide where best to use it! The perennials don't mind it a bit lumpy, but I've never been brave enough to use the good stuff for potting.
I have found that small amounts of dog hair will compost, but too much makes a thick layer that remains. (I'm a dog groomer) However, it occurs to me that it could make a great mulch. going to try it this yr.And I put the soft fluffy hair in the hedges for the nesting birds, they love it! (I even grade the bloody dog hair, only after bath, fluffy undercoat is good enough for the birds!)
Oh, and, The rat muck from the litter trays, the really smelly stuff, seems to keep the mice from my peas and sweet peas if I scatter it around.
Tracey, where is that other thread you mentioned? Love to read about composting.