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Composting 101—Making Compost in Composting Bins and Compost Piles

April 7, 2011 - GrowOrganic
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We hope our new video, Composting 101, inspires you to start a compost pile. Composting is easy! Most of the time, that is. But solving any problems with your compost pile, is definitely easy. We think this chart (from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Master Composter Manual and Ron Deiro, a Nevada County Master Gardener) gives clear solutions to most compost pile issues that could arise.   For more research-based composting information, consult your local Master…
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It’s a war in there. Or the cycle of life. And death. And decomposition. There’s a fascinating ecosystem that turns your mound of oak leaves and banana peels into soft, sweet-smelling humus to nourish your plants. Ready to start a compost pile? Watch our new video, Composting 101, for Tricia’s basic instructions. Whether you have a compost pile on the ground or an enclosed compost bin, the dramatic process is the same. Kitchen Compost Bin Compost Bins Compost Aerator Compost Thermometer…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardener. Last Autumn i took a very inspiring composting class from one of our local bio-dynamic farmers i came away from that class with a great understanding about how important and natural it is to transform organic wastes into soil building substances and today i'm gonna build a compost pile and I'm going to show you the tips for home composting. There are many different composting bins that you can buy or you can make your own or you can just start a pile right on the ground. I'm going to use this soil saver compost bin today. Once you've decided where to place your compost pile or your bin the next step is to decide what to compost. Theres two type of materials were going to use for composting brown materials which are high in carbon green materials high in nitrogen. Some examples of brown materials are straw, leaves, pine needles and newspaper and some examples of green materials are chicken manure and food scraps and coffee grounds. Lets build the pile, first thing I'm going to do is layer some straw your compost pile will decompose faster if your brown materials are shredded now I'm going to add a layer of green be sure and alternate your brown layers and green layers about four to six inches thick depending on what kind of brown and green materials you used the ratio will vary start with a fifty fifty mix and watch your pile if your pile isn't getting hot enough add a little bit more green material like chicken manure or if starts to have an ammonia smell add a little bit more brown material like the leaves. Then you want to remember to layer your pile brown green make sure and water in between layers you want your compost pile to be moist like a damp sponge so that it decomposes quickly i've given you some ideas on things that you can use for your compost pile now I'm going to tell you some things you shouldn't use. Manures ok but no meat or dairy scraps no dog or cat poop no human poop either your compost will decompose faster if you stir it or aerate it if you have a tumbling compost bin this part is much easier. You should turn your compost pile at least once a week a well areated pile will turn out finished compost in a couple of months where an unturned pile will take as long as a year. Today I'm using a compost aerator to speed up the composting process you can take some inoculate and add it to water and spray it on your compost pile this inoculate contains specifically cultured bacteria enzymes and fungus. Your compost pile has to get hot and a great tool to measure the temperature is this compass thermometer a good batch of compost should warm up to a hundred and twenty to hundred and sixty degrees over time killing most seeds but preserving the beneficial microbial life once it cools off again it's ready for the garden. Well I hope that my very basic tips on how to build a compost pile helped but if you want more information I recommend this book the "Rodale Book of Composting" easy methods for all gardeners. Imagine if we all composted we could reduce our landfill waste up to thirty percent and we'd all have healthier gardens so compost and grow organic for life!

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