It was so wet again today! And that is awesome for all of us leading into the dry season.
Today our job was to build compost. The easy way.
The easiest way:
1. Put up a mesh circle (or anything with sides) making sure it is about 1 to 2 m square
2. Pile everything in there (you could do this over time or in one big hit) alternating between green and brown materials
3. Once full leave it alone for a few months = stuff good enough to chuck on your garden
The slightly more detailed way:
1. Put up a mesh circle making sure it is about 2 m across.
2. Add 200 ml layer (3 wheel barrows) of carbon material (brown hay, woodchip mulch, cardboard, sawdust, brown leaves). Mist with water till damp.
3. Add 150ml layer (2 wheel barrows) green materials (banana leaves, grass clippings, weeds that haven't gone to seed, tree leave clippings) Mist with water till damp.
4. Add 50ml (1 wheel barrow) high nitrogen material (chicken poop, horse poop, kitchen scraps, animal carcasses etc) Mist with water till damp.
5. Repeat till the mesh circle is full.
6. Put a lid (200 ml) made up of an equal mixture of the Carbon, Green and Nitrogen materials on top.
NOTE: To get the party really pumping chuck something dead in the middle of the pile while you are building it.
7. Cover the pile with a tarp leaving the sides open
8. Spray the outside of the pile with water for 5 minuets every day for the first 10 days (or whenever it is dry out)
9. This may be the trickiest part so just google it if your having trouble. Three days after you set up the pile shove your hand in around the edges, if it is too hot to keep you hand in there you've nailed it and it is in composting mode. If not check if it is too dry and give it a bit of a water from the top. If it is too wet your gonna have to pull off the wire basket and tarp and pull the pile apart a little. Put the basket and tarp back on but let it air out for a while. And sometimes if you don't put enough Nitrogen and greens in there, there isn't enough food for the bacteria to grown, but generally if you stick to steps 2 - 3 you'll be right.
TURNING THIS SUCKER:
On Day 10 from when you started
1. Pull the wire basket off and set it up right beside the pile
2. Take all the material from around the outside edge of the original pile and put it in the middle of the wire basket to form the "core" of the new stack
3. Continue till you fill up the basket, wetting down anything that looks too dry, all the materials will be mixed together now
REPEATE every 10 days 8 times = compost