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We are an urban homestead based on natural, holistic and sustainable principles. Our livestock includes chickens & honey bees and we cultivate fruits, vegetables and kitchen herbs.

06 – Composting; The Year in Review at 7HH-G

Auto-pilot. That is the best way to describe how we collectively make compost here at 7HH-G. A recycled plastic coffee container (a large one from Costco) is what we use to collect kitchen scraps which end up in our compost bin located outside in the chicken paddock next to the chicken coop. Lawn clippings, leaves in the fall, spent plants from the potager in the fall, wood chips and straw from cleaning out the hen-house twice a year and of course chicken poop all make their way into the compost bin. And now in winter, wood ash from our wood stove goes into the bin as well. The whole family know what carbons/browns and nitrogen/greens go into the bin and help to get it done; auto-pilot.

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Two bins for making compost.

 

Our two bins, that are made from deconstructed wood pallets, are where the magic happens. They work together to provide a spring harvest of humus and then a fall yield of black gold; basically our hot method to making compost is taking 6 months for each batch. Once a batch is screened and covered for 2 weeks to cure, the next batch is started – the bins are rotated for the next batch to be turned and the new bin starts to get new material added.

Compost, or humus, not dirt or soil is what is produced by composting. In the spring we use the humus to backfill transplants that are set out into the potager. This past year, we actually even started all of our bell peppers in 100% compost , no soil mix from the store, with great success. The fall harvest of compost goes into our raised beds for them to overwinter with and some goes on our Fleur de Lawn for the winter as well – when spring arrives, both lawns and raised beds are nourished and ready to go for the coming season.

Building the fertility of our soil for plants to grow is the only goal we have to make compost. It is very fulfilling to know our family diverts material from the landfill, uses site generated waste from plants and animals adds some water makes sure air is available and at the end of 180 days or so has humus to enrich our GARDEN. It’s magical.

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