Sunday, January 31, 2010

Composting Gardens, episode #363

Today Angela and I went to the composting gardens in Ojai, CA. We didn't even know this place existed and were very excited to learn about it. Enjoy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGKmObl5nF8

6 comments:

HerbalEranah said...

Great points Angela, thanks for spreading the word ;-)

Kamara said...

LOVE composting! Just got my own composting ball 10 months ago, but don't know when to re-distribute to my garden. Since I am daily adding new material to it and spinning it I'm not sure it's all totally "ready". Does anyone have this knowledge? Should I have 2 bins going? Does adding enzymes or worms make a big difference in quality?
Thanks for spreading the word M& A!!! Love!!
: )

fbw4 said...

The Earth Machine is the bin I use. I have three of them, and I think I paid about $36 apiece. That sign said they should be much more expensive, so now I'm wondering whether mine were subsidized at all by the municipality.

I use one for quick-composting kitchen veggies to make soil for the garden. The other two are for things that are slower to break down (e.g. coconut shells) or too chemically to grow food in (e.g. paper products that are to icky to recycle), and that soil is for raising the ground level of the yard where it's needed.

Tawni said...

Wonderful message Angela, straight from the heart!

I put my compost inside of 4 flat crate slabs of wood...taken from behind a grocery store. My grandmother put it together for me by tying up the sides with wire. I just open one side like a door when it's time to put the scraps in. She taught me all about how you have to have green and brown stuff in there (dead and alive) for it to break down properly. It's so awesome!

I learned that if you want it to break down faster, add some warm water with molasses mixed in with it. It really works! :D

Can't wait to start my garden this year...

A hermit... said...

You can also just section off your actual garden and compost your refuse directly into the garden spot. This doesn't work if you have 2 chee-wahwahz that love avo rinds!;) The compost tends to get spread a lil farther then it need be ;P

Immy said...

I leave my veggie scraps in the forest behind my house where it is sure to be entirely eaten up by wild pigs that night. Funnily, I feel a little disappointed that I don't get to do any traditional composting but I guess the pig family does an even better job...