(VIDEO) How To Compost at Suburban Stone Age

How To Compost

Learning how to compost is an essential skill for an organic, sustainable garden.  In this video post, I discuss how to compost by using materials from our garden at Suburban Stone Age.  I’ll take you step by step through the process, beginning with preparation of the materials, to mixing a batch, and on to the finished product.

Video Summary

1) Discussing the Compost Bin

The bin is made from straw bales.  It is lined on the bottom with cardboard.  Materials from the yard are stored in the bin until they are ready to compost.

 2) Preparing the Materials

Prepare for composting by grinding woody materials with a grinder.  Shred chunky greens with hedge trimmers.

3) Mix and Moisten the Pile

Layer on the materials, mix them, and moisten the pile to the consistency of a wet sponge.

4) Achieve a Balanced Mix

Seasonal differences can create different types of mixtures.  Blend the materials from throughout the year to achieved a balanced compost mix.

5) Hot Composting is Reached

The temperature rises quickly, a good sign that the compost is active.  Temperatures quickly reach 15o°F.

6) The Finished Product

Finished compost, otherwise known as “black gold” goes back into the garden to add organic matter and complete the cycle.

How to make compost

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