Garden Compost

Mike (@mikedvs15) 8 years, 9 months ago

This spring a plan to start gardening for the first time. About a couple of months ago I started consuming more fruits and veggies in my diet, then yesterday I can across a compost pile video on YOUTUBE, this then gave me the idea to start a compost, so I have now been saving my foods scraps(banana/orange/lemon/avocado peels,pepper stems and seeds, egg shells, onion skins, and other veggie parts.) Also the fact that I have an abundance of leaves left over from the fall/winter this is a good reuse of the natural elements.

I have done a little research on this matter and have gained the knowledge that by starting your own compost it is a great way to give nutrients to your plants and soil.

The way I am going to start mine is by making a compost cubicle in the corner of my back yard the dimensions are 3x3x3, I have the fence to support my model and I plan to use fire wood blocks and/or cinder blocks to help support the rest.

What I learned is that you need 3 parts Carbon(leaves, wood chips, corn stalks, etc) to 1 part Nitrogen(veggies, grass clippings, eggshells, etc).

Then there are two other things that factor into the composition – Air and Water.
Air – you must turn your compost about once a week to rotate the heat that builds up around. (the more you turn it the quicker the process)
Water – It is said that your compost should be the consistence of a wet rung out sponge.

This what I learned over the past few days as a gained an interest in the subject

Lemme know if anyone has ever made one themselves or do’s or don’ts that they know about, and or thoughts on the subject?

February 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm
Anonymous (0) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@mikedvs15,
Hey friend, I would not recommend putting wood chips or leaves in your compost pile, as they break down primarily by fungal action. Compost piles do best with reliance on bacteria action. So it is best to keep those two types of matter in separate piles. I do organic gardening and find the insight of Eliot Coleman worth reading as he works with the forces of nature and not against. Also Chelsea green publishing has some of his books and books of other holistic and not mainstream agricultural authors.

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Anonymous (0) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@mikedvs15,
I almost forgot: for carbon, used coffee grounds works wonders and they can be collected from many establishments. Also those leaves could have been tilled directly into ground in fall to lighten soil for spring cultivation

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CupOJoe (0) (@jgeraci93) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Never put live, rooting plants in your pile. Did that with my first one and messed it up. Once your compost pile is done breaking down and you have loads of beautiful, nutrient-rich soil, use it to make “compost tea” for your plants (look it up on youtube and its easy to make). When I first saw this idea, i thought it was complete hokum and man was i wrong. You wont be sorry :) good luck with your compost!

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Jimmay (0) (@jimmatime) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@mikedvs15, You should harvest worms… They truly are the answer to a prospering garden. Also make your own IMO’s, as a % of the compost… through the Korean Natural Farming practices. These are the remedies for giant yields! I’m in Hawaii wwoofing now, learning these new ways.. Truth is this braddah!

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israel ortiz (3) (@israel940) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

i also have my compost boxes in my yard, i collected some worms from the earth around a tree, they put eggs! from 2 worms, i have now like 100, the worms eat the organic waste and turn it into lombricompost, its super for your plants, and is a faster way of doin compost

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