Saturday, April 03, 2010

3-bay compost

I can't believe it's taken me so long, but I've finally built a 3-bay compost system.

The idea is that you can have a pile that receives new kitchen and garden waste, alongside an old, curing pile. Since compost works best when it's chucked around periodically, the middle bay allows space for this chucking.

It will be observed that the left bay contains something that looks quite like compost, but actually it's full of very stinky mikan rind and some viable potato peelings that will produce potatoes unless I use that middle bay assiduously.

This is the time of year when the combination of daytime heat and frequent rain creates just the right conditions to make the compost heat up and give off vapour when you stick a fork in it. It's all full of luridly purple and pink worms that are quite obviously enjoying a riot of multiplication.

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