Make the Most of your Compost! [with video]

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Benefits of Composting


There are a ton of benefits to making your own compost rather than going to a garden store and buying it. A major one is that you can turn waste into living soil.

You can grow incredible veggies utilizing what would normally be waste for you! Like green waste from your yard, leftover scraps from you kitchen, cardboard, paper… Keep it out of the dump – turn it into soil.

Keeping your food scraps and green waste out of the dump can be your contribution to ending global warming and I believe this will help you be a better steward to the planet.

Your plants get more nutrients from the compost you make than fertilizer you buy at the store.

Many fertilizers such as seabird guano, bat guano, fish meal are less than ethically sourced and produced. At the decimation of our land, forests, and the labor of children.

If we want to think sustainable we need to think about what we’re putting into the ground to grow our food, how it’s going to affect the ground in the future, how nutritious we’re feeling it’s going to be, what we have for resources already present without having to rape other resources and constantly look for new inputs. Nature’s pretty perfect if we can just find the balance.


what’s actually in the fertilizer that you buy at the store?


Bone meal, blood meal…

When you’re talking about bone meal and blood meal we’re talking about animals that have been grown in less-than-ideal conditions and when they process them for the table they use the left over blood bones and feathers to create what they call organic fertilizers. I do not believe these things should be considered organic, because of what the animals are being fed, because of the antibiotics, and because of the mistreatment of the animals.

Or your using conventional farming which is petroleum based products, recycled bomb material from World War 2…

Grow your food with compost, not bombs.

THERMOPHILIC COMPOSTING


The most common form of composting is thermophilic composting. This is where you pile up your food scraps and such in a specific Carbon:Nitrogen ratio, and the pile starts breaking down the material and making heat. This is a chemical process which utilizes heat that’s formed in the process to break down organic material into the form of compost. Usually after it has been broken down by this chemical process (which can also grow very healthy food and can grow living soil) it does have more byproducts of gas such as carbon dioxide methane and so forth.

Thermophilic (hot) compost needs to be turned fairly often to stop it from getting too hot. It needs to have moisture added to it because sometimes it will get so hot it will start fires. It releases a lot of gases in this process, and kills any living creatures that live in the pile. It literally fries them. Then you have to reinoculate the pile with living creatures…

COLD COMPOSTING / LIVING EARTH COMPOSTING


Over thirty years of observing nature and the process of trial and error and elimination, I’ve come up with the process of cold composting which utilizes several different types of earthworms as well as a multitude of other creatures – fungi, bacteria, worms, copepods – in more of a passive process.

Through the byproducts and the utilization of living aquaponics systems we are able to grow massive amounts of biomass along with little creatures to create incredibly nutrient-dense compost.

Although there is still a fair amount of chemical decomposition that takes place, when it’s cold outside that’s just enough heat in there to keep the worms and the other creatures alive during the winter.

With cold composting you have a byproduct of worms. It’s much more efficient in composting with a fraction of the work. Let the worms and little creatures be your tractors. Their job is to turn waste into awesome fertilizer.

COMPOSTING IS LIKE COOKING


A lot of people are intimidated by all of the scientific facts and terminology thrown out in the composting world. Things that make it sound so complicated.

What we’re trying to do is make it a little bit more like cooking for you. We want you to be able to utilize touch, taste, and smell, the powers of observation. I believe it will be a little less intimidating then, and a little bit easier for people to connect and understand the basic circle of life that we play a part in.


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