Composting on the Farm
One of my biggest challenges I realized right away is the need to build up the dirt to make it more rich soil for planting vegetable and herb gardens. The end of August, I started reading and doing a little research about the “proper” way to compost…
Taken from The Rapid Composting Method The author is Robert D. Raabe, Professor of Plant Pathology, Berkeley:
For the composting process to work most effectively, material to be composted should have a carbon to nitrogen ratio of 30 to 1. This cannot be measured easily, but experience has shown that mixing equal volumes of green plant material with equal volumes of naturally dry plant material will give approximately a 30/1 carbon to nitrogen (C/N) ratio. Green material can be grass clippings, old flowers, green prunings, weeds, fresh garbage and fruit and vegetable wastes. Dried material can be dead, fallen leaves, dried grass, straw and somewhat woody materials from prunings.
|Two closed bins I use for “hot” composting. I brought one and there was one left on the property when we got here!|
The first store I went to had the grounds wrapped up in a nice bag (on the left). The second store I went to just gave me a plastic trash bag full of coffee (on the right).
Here is a video I put together about making the compost…
Henry made me this nice screen to put the compost through. Thanks Hen!
These are 2.5 gallon bags of compost that I have collected and will put into our raised beds.
There is a new trampoline park close to our house and they had a bunch of wood pallets sitting out in front. I went in and asked about them. They said I could have all I wanted. So, I made a 3 bin compost area. This is more of a “cold” compost process where you pile things in the first bin the first year and then move to the second bin the second year. Then, the stuff in the second bin goes into the third bin on the third year and so forth…
|Picture of 3 bin compost bins in October. Almost got the first bin full!|
Here is a great Ted Talk about composting…pretty funny and educational…he says all you need to compost is leaves and coffee grounds!
I had lots of aspirations of collecting old leaves around town this fall but that just did not happen. Not enough time…maybe next year!