Home Composting

Problems with the research

For the first couple weeks I cold find nothing “peer reviewed” that seemed to apply

Problems I was trying to solve:

I have clay, solid, unforgiving clay.

Buying compost for the scale of garden I’m building (approx 300 sqft. of boxes PLUS other trees and shrubs planted directly in ground) is cost prohibitive.

Store bought compost is filled with all sorts of things you don’t want. Some you can see, some you can’t see.

Clopyralid (sold under the trade names: Reclaim, Stinger, Transline, Confront, Lontrel, Curtail and Millenium Ultra) has been found in composts at levels that may impact the growth of certain plant species. (Specifically Leguminosae and Solonaceae)

According to the National Gardening Association website garden.org “86% of those with food gardens” plant tomatoes.

Different Designs

Final Design

https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/DocumentCenter/View/1176/ThreeBinDIY?bidId=

Problems with the final design

The picture doesn’t match the reality exactly. there was space between the slats on the front

Nothing to stop rodents from getting in

Cutting the corrugated plastic took a lot of trial and error

Benefits

can be completed in as little as 3 months with an additional 1 month of resting time to fully decompose

I can have as much as I want for free forever

CO2 is the primary greenhouse gas produced through aerobic composting whereas methane is the primary gas produced by anaerobic composting. Methane has 25 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.

More connected to the whole food cycle

 

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