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BioIntensive style compost pile

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Posted by Juan Manuel Burgos over 12 years ago

making a compost pile following Grow Biointensive aproach

Abundant organic materials let's no other chance than make use of them :)

One of the neighbours cleans some stables, and there's plenty of straw mixed with horse manure and urine..all around there are plenty of so called weeds (many of them can be eaten as well) and a lot of grass clippings from the site and surrounding areas...I believe any of us would do the same...Compost Piles!! (of course among many other ideas you can do with the same materials)

Using the Grow Biointensive aproach on compost and mixing it with our knowledge from other points of view, we went ahead on building this amazing compost pile. It's amazing to see it grow as well as reduce it's size in just some days, and also seeing in the mornings the steam that comes out of the chimney. Definately thinking in maing a shower with water heated using a compost pile...

The idea is quite simple. Put layers of Carbon material, Nitrogen material, a small layer of soil and a bit of water over each layer. Repeat this process until reaching the top and presto! you have a compost pile. Could't be much easier. We had some pallets that served to hold everything in place, there are some dogs around that like to scratch the pile and throw it all around. For sure it's not necessary to do it, you can go with just puting it all as a mount and leave it there, preferably coverd with something to avoid excessive water amounts if it rains, and also to keep it a bit isolated for the temperature to rise.

If all goes as it should, we'll be using this nice compost in about a month or two. We can speed up the process by turning it around, reducing time up to half of it, but we'll leave this one just like that and see how it behaves. So far so good. Patience pays off, so i have no doubt we'll end up with an awesome material for the plants and vegetables.

This is just ONE method of making a compost heap, there are as many as people doing it, and i believe most of them work. Go ahead with the one that makes you feel better. You just have to take into account the Carbon and Nitrogen Ratio (about 30/1 putting layers of about the same volume of greens and brownies will reach this ratio aproximately), water it until when grabbing some of the material and pressing it will release just some drops of water and that's it...you have a compost pile.

Urban composting fans can do it in buckets and it will work just as good as this.

There's no doutb this is another tool we have, along compost toilets, to take care of our wastes and so something good about it in order to assure succession and evolution. So get your hands dirty and go for it!!


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