Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sheila attempts drunken composting

This is amusing:

I have a large compost tumbler which we purchased at Tractor Supply last summer.  I put it right outside our back patio door so that it's easily accessible to dump our kitchen scraps into.  I have to admit, it isn't working quite as well or as fast as I had hoped.  It makes kind of a goopy slimy mess.  No resemblance of "soil" in the least.  I've been using this two ways - either I dump it in a pile and work it into a patch of crap soil, or I put a good lump into a 5 gallon bucket, add water, and let it fester for a week and use for "compost tea".  As I'm making the compost in the tumbler, I top each dump of kitchen scraps with a like amount of leaves, which are always within reach thanks to our tropical almond trees.  So the wetness is a mystery.  I guess I'll have to ask hubby to drill holes in the bottom, as he suggested.

So I did a little experiment today making compost in piles.  I used the "drunken compost" method...


Click here to read the rest on Sheila's blog.

There are precisely 1.27 million ways to compost... which do you prefer?

3 Comments:

At April 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM , Blogger Jorge Duncan said...

Dave, what is the purpose of adding ammonia to the compost "booster"?

Have an inspiring Palm Sunday.

 
At April 13, 2014 at 6:43 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener/David The Good said...

Ammonia is almost all nitrogen... it's a big kick. You can actually use it to green up grass, too.

 
At April 13, 2014 at 6:43 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener/David The Good said...

Ammonia is almost all nitrogen... it's a big kick. You can actually use it to green up grass, too.

 

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