An adequate supply of rich compost is a gardener’s dream.
It has many uses and all of these uses will produce better plants. However, composting can take time and energy. I set a reasonable value for my time, so changing compost stacks for hours is at least not considered a useful exercise in my book. I compost, but I do it on my terms.
I built two compost bins. Each container is five feet wide, five feet deep, and four feet high. I made a container by dipping the 4 x 4 post posts for corners to the ground and then nailing 2 x 4 and 1 x 4 alternately on the side.
I left a 2 inch gap between the air circulation boards. 2v4 is heavy enough to not twist sides, and between 2v4 I use 1v4 to save money. The container is only 3 sides, I leave the front of the container open so that it can be filled and emptied easily. You can find a picture of my compost container on this page: http://www.freeplants.com composting.htm
I began to fill only one container. I put grass clippings, dried leaves and bushes in the trash. I try to place no more than 6 inches of each material on a layer. You don’t want to have a 24-inch piece of grass in the trash and have to use green and brown ingredients interchangeably. If necessary, keep a few bags of dried leaves so you can switch between chocolate and green trash.
When we pulled up the cuttings, we used coarse sand in the apartment. When you have to remove the root cuttings from the apartment, the old sand gets to the compost heap. In our small nursery we also have some plants in containers that do not survive. Instead of taking a dead plant and weeding it out of the container and then tossing the potting soil back into the pile, we just throw the entire container into the compost container. This adds more chocolate to the mixture and is much easier than separating soil and weeds.
After the container is full, you must rotate the material in the container every few weeks according to the composting rules. I certainly didn’t have time for that, so I did it. I pack as much material as possible before I fill the second basket. I piled materials as high as possible and even spilled them in the trash. Then I cover all fresh ingredients with mulch or pot bottom, whatever chocolate ingredients I find.
Then when I worked in the garden, I put a small sprayer in a pile and turned it on so low that a small burst of water flowed over the material. Because I have a good fountain, I don’t need to pay anything, so I let it run at least two hours as often as possible. This keeps the material moist and the moisture causes the pile to heat up, which is why composting is done.
As soon as the first container was full, I began to use the second. When the material in the first container begins to decompose, it settles and the container no longer accumulates. I distribute the material that I have arranged in a pile in front of the container until all the material is in the container or stacked. a pile. Then I leave it alone, except to pour it once. Irrigation is not needed, it only speeds up the process.
Because I did not turn over the pile, I could not expect all material to rot completely. The material in the middle decays more than the material at the edges, but most of it decomposes well. The next step worked well for me because I had a small kindergarten and I always had a pile of pots. But you can do the same thing by buying two or three meters of chopped mulch to start and stack it near your compost bin. When you do this, you always have a good supply of compost to work with.
The cut skin, which is in the pile, eventually breaks down and becomes great compost. The land I use is 80% rotten skin. I made a pot by buying structured and dark hardwood mulch bark and just putting it on a pile and letting it rot. The secret is to keep the stack low and flat so that the rainwater does not spill. If you want the mulch to stay as wet as possible, it will quickly break down.
So I keep a pile of rotten mulch near my compost bin. When the two containers were full, I emptied the container with the oldest material and piled it on the skin of the mulch. I made sure the pile of mulch was wide and flat at the top. So when I put compost in a pile, the compost is only 5 to 10 inches thick.
My mulch can be as large as 12 ‘, but only as high as 24 to 30 inches. After I have all the compost in the pile, I go to the edge of the pile with a shovel and take some material from the end of the pile and throw it into the pile, covering the compost with at least 6 inches of rotten skin. This will break down the compost material for the rest of the trip.
After you start this system, you will never want to use all the material in the stack again. Always provide at least 2 to 3 cubic meters to be mixed with your compost. If you use a lot of compost like me, you have to buy more material and put it in a pile at the end of summer or fall once you are ready to use it for this season.
Many suppliers sell compost here, which is already fairly well degraded. I bought this to add to my inventory. But I tried to make sure I had at least 3 meters of old material at hand, then I added 3 meters of fresh material again. Then in the spring I will empty one of the compost bins and put the compost on a pile.
The compost pile that can be used consists of layers of material, some of which are more composite than others. Like a sandwich. So I put some of the stack from the edge, spread it on the floor so that it’s only about 8 inches, and then transfer it with my little rototiller. It mixed it perfectly and I threw it on the pot bench.
It’s nice to have lots of rotten compost near trash compost. If you have lots of leaves or grass chips, you can dump rotten compost in the trash to maintain the coating effect needed for the composting process. Do a good job.
Of course, this process is a little inconvenient, but it would be nice to have a place to dispose of organic waste whenever I want. Then at the end of the road, if I can add good compost to my floor, I’m grateful that I’ve done the right thing before and I know I don’t drink anything.