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[–] middle_path [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I don't know what bunnings and masters is, but best of luck to you.

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[–] Capt_Dynamitebeard 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I mow and blow up pine straw then take the tractor and push it up in a pile. Tomatoes seem to like it.

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[–] middle_path [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Probably because pine needles make soil acidic and tomatoes love acidity. The mixed in grass probably provides some nitrogen as well.

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[–] middle_path [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Great! Thanks.

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[–] 4768056? 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Great and enlightening read. Never thought about covering soil, haha! Also I never realized the steps involved in the composting process.

Also knowing that the modern agriculture industry depends so heavily on petroleum only makes me want to get into this stuff more. I am studying electrical engineering because I want to be able to try to do something to get us off our oil dependence, 'cause it isn't going to last forever and we need fallbacks. We'll need more than alternate energy sources it seems, and I'll be glad to do my part, little as it may be, to help with that too

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[–] middle_path [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Glad you see it that way. The way I see it some guy making compost is doing more for the world than some chump driving a hybrid.

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[–] TAThatBoomerang 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

So basically, take care of the soil and the plants (almost) take care of themselves. Also, did you learn all of this in your free-time or did you get an education in agriculture-related stuff?

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[–] middle_path [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Basically, yes. I'm just a hobbyist/enthusiast. I wish I had gone to school for it when I had the chance though.

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[–] middle_path [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks for the post. For the compost, it takes 27 cubic feet to get the pile cooking. That's 3 feet cubed. If your balcony is that big, it shouldn't be an issue with smell. I would try vermicomposting as it takes up less space. I'm not as familiar with it though.

What exactly are you germinating? Generally I put a seed in some dirt and keep it warm/moist for a few days.

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[–] Little2934 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thank you! I grow stuff all the time without really knowing what the hell I'm doing. Houseplants, walnut trees (90 or so?), weeds, and although I've tried berries for several (non-consecutive) years, haven't been able to make anything happen there yet. I look forward to an active and informative subverse.

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[–] middle_path [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Great! The more I garden and grow the more I get a "feel" for how a plant is doing. Perrenial fruits do seem tricky but mine are doing alright.