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18-Day Compost

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Posted by Aline Van Moerbeke over 12 years ago

The hardest work carried out on the Permablitz was the 18-day compost pile! 18 days have gone by...

And this is the result: 

First it was way too hot! The blimming thing was boiling! Lots of white all over the place, especially around the chopped up cactus leaves! Now does this mean this is ashes (a friend mentioned that he heard this explanation, that actually burning can take place?) or is this putrification? It didn't smell off nor burnt, so if anyone has any further. In any case, we added straw! 

As it was a very rainy period, we had the pile covered with a tarpaulin and stones on the ground kept the tarp down... until the wind got in and threw the pile over! Stonecold! 

Starting from 0? 

We threw in another bucket of kitchen scrap as the accelerator and off we go again. 

Today, having reached day 18, and turning the pile one day too late due to heavy rains again yesterday, there is lots of dark earth... but there is still lots of straw, and lots of white too, as it was piping hot again today! 

Do I carry on turning, hoping that the result will not be an overcooked pile of black earth which is not fertile at all?? I suppose it has to be better than any thing that comes in a bag right? 



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