With the kind permission of Rod Turner – down under – a fantastic method of compost making. It is not mine to give away. All I can do is touch on it and give you the assurance that it probably is the Best in the World. The results are staggering.
I spent over 10 years in the commercial mushroom growing industry. So I love the smell and texture of aerobic compost. In 2009 we (again, who is we?) made a large pile of colloidal compost and went Bio-dynamic on it. It turned out to be the finest I have ever seen. Been making it ever since.
This was a pile made from horse manure. Old horse manure.
The results were really great. (see photo’s later)
Basic ingredients are:
manure: (ruminant animal – chews the cud) like cow, goat. Use horse if you like.
Greens and browns… lol
Traditional composting in piles has to be turned and watered as the “core” goes anaerobic. (wrong bacteria). The enclosed drum turners you see advertised do the same thing.
Rod’s method takes care of both issues.
The core of the pile must be aerated – and several methods may be employed.
This pile was 6 feet wide by at least 6 feet high and as long as you want it.
Rod has customers making kilometers of the stuff commercially.
Raw material are pre-wet (soaked) for about 10 days prior to make-up.
We collected all sorts of green material.
Manure: cow, goat, horse. Not chicken as it is too “hot”
The manure, brown and green components are piled up in layers. Watered as you go along.
As the pile does NOT get turned, now is the time to get the final bit of water in.
The pile may be wet on the outside to prevet drying out (wind) or even a trench dug on top of the pile to allow watering of the pile if temperatures get too high. And they get up there.
Being a composting nerd, I used to monitor temperatures at least twice a day.
Temperatures can be controlled. (Rod goes through all this). That pink lint is the thermometer.
Keep and eye on the weather to prevent drying out or too much rain.
Kiss and say good night .. really.
Proof of the pudding.
Worms – about 15 to 20 in a hand full like this.
They continue the process of composting.
It’s an amazing cycle to monitor.
The bio-dynamic addition is optional, but beneficial I believe.
Colloidal compost with or without the bio-dynamic addition works just fine.
This is a smaller pile made using goat manure.
All piles are covered with at least 6 inches of straw/hay to maturity.
It eventually fades away ( love is love and “not fade away”.. Rolling Stones)… It does not smell as it is aerobic (oxygen loving bacteria), requires no turning or watering. Love it….. Be passionate about compost.
Colloidal compost allows the plants to feed through their designed feeding roots systems. Rod goes through this in depth. (See “Contacts/resources”) for a link. I just want you to know that I have made a number of piles and every one was a huge success.
Well happy muck making.