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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Compost Bin

Compost making again. At this time of year we commence pruning around the property, various shrubs that have grown excessively and the fruit trees. We have a Budlea in particular that is planted near the carport. In the last month it has contributed to three NZ composts (see photos). These bins are 1.2 M cubed filled with multiple layers of mulched green pruning s, dry matter such as mulch hay, a tiny layer of soil, fire place sweepings, a little manure or blood and bone and lime. All with lots of water. Having just turned the first compost into the next bin after 6 weeks of fermenting, this week we built another compost in the now empty bin. Every morning you can see the steam rising out of the central air hole as the bin heats to between 50 and 70 degrees C. All this after 12 weeks in total will then be used in the vegetable garden.

Front panels slide into place as the compost is built

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