I'm in the process of documenting how to beat the odds and operate a hot compost pile, during winter, where the main carbon source is primarily unshredded oak leaves.
I've already shot 4 short updates, the pile is currently covered with a tarp to keep moisture in. The next update will be adding kitchen compost bin to center of the pile!
Check out my composting Playlist here:
When the time comes to empty kitchen compost I either use a bin like this, or a hot compost pile like this.
I prefer the hot compost pile over the bin but I don't always have enough input supply for carbon so the bin keeps the critters out and the smells down when the food inevitably goes anarobic. Fun fact, last year I had a large black soldier fly population in the bin. They eat really fast!
As for more bulky wood/paper products I save any uniform boxes but flatten any which I do not plant to reuse. At this time I remove any tape.
I sent flattened paper directly out the kitchen window into a heap!
As the season progresses I use this waste output in swales/paths and when sheet mulching.
Family of five.
With ecological, environmental, and permaculture principles in mind, this is how I treat wood/paper based waste outputs.
Firstly, I try to reuse paper more than once. I use paper as "bedding" in a traditional garbage can (without the liner). See image attached.
All my kitchen and household scrapes go into this bucket. Sometimes wet things like milk or meat but mostly peals and scraps or the plant variety. The shredded paper bedding (or leaves) helps dry up compostableble liquids.
Guiding road runoff into a gentle stream
Proper rain water management during the wet season helps fortify the land against summer drought. We can hold water in barrels but more importantly we can hold water in the landscape!
For this to work we need to slow water, spread water, and sink water.
Pair that with deep mulches and a lot of biomass and you'll have a system which rarely needs irragation.
Help soil life recover after a potatoe harvest, protect the soil over Winter, & ready the bed for planting the following Spring!
This video is jammed-packed full of theory and practice. I show you the entire process of harvesting and healing the land after a hard till and landscape rework.
Since my potatoes harvest actions damage tbe soil I always try to stack functions and reshape the garden landscape! In this case I build a mini swale and burm.
Over winter hot composting oak leaves without gas or shredding.
In this experiment, we show the process of hot composting oak leaves, in the winter, without shredding or using gasoline.
Our biggest problem is finding enough nitrogen to offset the carbon.
I the next episode I'll be on the hunt for nitrogen sources to layer into the pile.
Plant hardneck garlic in the Autumn, 6 to 8 inches deep, 6 inches apart, using a stick to drill holes into the soil. Separate garlic cloves and plant one in each hole, roots facing down, tip facing up.
Fertilize with manure or compost and water well to start the rooting process for a high yield of thick garlic heads with many cloves.
unturf italian cuisine: a lazy guide to perfect tomato sauce, every time
The Phantom Deck Bar Build is finished! (Perfection is the enemy of completion)
Thanks for watching this final part 3:
Today I coin the term "Phantom Bar" and I show you all the process of building one..
Let me know what you think so far!
This is going to be an epic "standing desk" when I'm finished but also looking for ideas on bar stools next. I'll need like 8 of them. New, repurposed, or refinished, give me your suggestions.
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