Talk:Composting

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 Definition The aerobic (i.e. oxygen using) decomposition and stabilization of solid organic materials by aerobic organisms. [d] [e]
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Hi! It is so exciting to see you working on this page. I'd love to help out. We do some vermicomposting in our New York apartment and I've thought of starting something up about that - it might be more appropriate just as a subsection here. What do you think? -- Sarah Tuttle 17:22, 13 April 2007 (CDT)

I think another article, about practices of composting (whatever the article should be called--don't know), is definitely in order. --Larry Sanger 11:21, 21 April 2007 (CDT)

Hey! Sorry about the late reaction, i don't know yet all the secrets of this Citizendium. I think it's preferable to create a new article for Vermicomposting because composting itself is mainly used for the microbial activity in a composting pile while vermicomposting rely on the activities of worms in the mass.

kind regards, David

If need arises, I can try to dig out a photo of the above-ground compost bin I had for the half-acre vegetable garden I had some years back. Boy that was good family fun. :-) Stephen Ewen 03:22, 23 April 2007 (CDT)

Ok, i keep that in mind. At the moment i've little free time, so i guess that this article will be finished at the end of july or around that time.

Question about accuracy of the "Raw materials to avoid" section

In the section "Raw materials to avoid" http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Composting#Raw_materials_to_avoid , I see: "cooked vegetables" are to be avoided being added to a compost heap, which is a claim I have not heard before. What is the CZ equivalent of the WP Template:Cn tag ? Thank you for your work, Richard Lai 02:09, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

There is no equivalent; CZ avoids such inline templates, which we believe interfere with the readability of articles. You are doing the closest thing: raising the point on the talk page. I agree that there is no obvious reason to exclude cooked vegetables. If no one offers a reason, then we'd remove it. The general rule is not to delete more than 50 words without discussion.
Looking at the article, however, "cooked vegetables" are only part of "cooked food." There is a reasonable argument not to put meat into compost piles, but vegetables or sauces that do not contain meat, eggs, or dairy products could well be left in the paragraph. Perhaps the paragraphy should be revised to emphasize meat. Howard C. Berkowitz 21:10, 30 November 2010 (UTC)