Mixing The Mess


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May 2018

Mixing The Mess


Not everyone is into the good ol’ brown gardening, they prefer the green gardening, it’s prettier, it displays a beautiful end result  in comparison to brown gardening.

However everybody has their own personalised and preferred method of compost production.

For me, l like to build up using a combination of brown, green and organic layers, with a small amount of water added in between each layer and then add a rough layer of compost aggregate which is usually the compost mixtures acquired during the sifting process that doesn’t go back into the garden, before l cover it with a water proof sheet and then let it sweat for a month or so before l turn it.

However, as said – every one whilst using a universal recipe to follow, works a different method.

My ‘container’ for keeping everything together is basically a series of wooden pallets staked together to form a rectangle and then this is divided into two seperate compartments. One empty and one full. When the turning time comes around, l empty the full one into the empty one and then add any fresh materials and once again cover for another month.

I guess and through testings l know, that my compost heap can easily attain a temperature of around the 100 degrees to 117 in heat which is why l prefer the ‘hot box composting’ style’, as it ensures that even the most stubborn of materials is truly battered and worn down, but not everyone has the time or the inclination to go for this type of aggressive composting.

However, my questions to my fellow gardeners and composters alike is what is your preferred style for attaining the glorious Black Gold? What is your composting set up like, what kind of heats do you acquire and what is your end result like? Do you produce too much, too little or just right for your garden’s needs?

Thanks for reading all, more soon.

5 thoughts on “Mixing The Mess

    1. Just two components? 🙂

      Chicken manure is a pretty good compost in truth as long as it is broken down properly. I know a chap once who applied the manure directly to his garden, and was then upset because it killed most of his garden as it was simply too hot due to the higher levels of nitrogen.

      But if composted for around six months with other materials as said, it can make a superb and highly recommended compst for the garden.


  1. I’ve never measured temps. I, of course, have my worms which like everything shown on the infographic for the hot compost. Also lint and hair and I always pulverize eggshells with a mortar and pestle because they use it in their gizzards to grind up the food. Also do cold compost piles around the property when spring cleaning gets done. Then there’s where you dig a hole and pile in the compostables and once the hole is mostly full you cover with topsoil and let it do its thing. But you don’t harvest it. Just let it be part of the ground.

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