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Cook up your own FAST, high-quality compost and either use it immediately in your garden, or brew it for a great compost tea. Compost is one of the cornerstones of organic gardening and we have loads of information for you about compost and compost tea. *  Want to make fast compost to enrich the soil in your garden? Our latest video shows you how to do that in easy steps. *  Do you want to brew large amounts of aerated compost tea? Watch our video about making aerated compost tea in commercial…
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Hi I'm Tricia, an organic gardener. I grow organically for a healthy and safe food supply for a clean and sustainable environment for an enjoyable and rewarding experience Whether you've been an organic gardener for five days or five years you know that good compost is the foundation to your soil health but sometimes compost takes longer than your plants can wait today we're gonna show you how to make a fast pile, it will ready in a couple months if your new to composting i suggest that you also check out are composting 101 video to speed up the process and get the heat that you need the pile needs to be the right size a three cubic foot is perfect and that's about the size of this bin a chipper, machete or pruners are some useful tools for chopping materials ideally you want the pieces between an inch to a quarter inch in size. Build a pile in a bin or on bare ground but don't build it on asphalt or concrete because that can slow the process down start with six to eight inches of a high carbon or brown material leaves and straw are great after the high carbon layer it's time to add about two to three inches of a high nitrogen layer or green material if your nitrogen sources are older or a bit dry you can add a high nitrogen source like this compost maker from E.B. Stone and that'll speedup the process the next layer is either going to be a finished compost or a compost starter which is what I'm going to do use one ounce of compost inoculate to one-and-a-half cubic yards of raw materials for my three by three foot pile that translates to two thirds of an ounce i started the process yesterday by dissolving two thirds of an ounce in tepid chlorine free water if you have chlorine in your water let the water you intend to use stand for twenty four hours before adding the inoculate i made a paste with the compost starter and added to the water in my sprayer and I made enough to handle this whole compost pile water your compost in between the layers you want it moist like a damp sponge continue building your pile with a half and half ratio of brown and green materials spraying the inoculate and watering as you go if you are aren't using compost inoculate add finished compost or garden soil instead it's helpful to mix up your pile a little bit with a manure fork once your pile is three cubic feet you want to cover it my bin comes with a cover but you can also use a compost cover material or you can put an extra layer of carbon on top i like this Compostex cover because it sheds excessive rain and snow melt it keeps the pile moist and allows oxygen through to the pile when your compost pile heats up to about a hundred and forty degrees or when it gets cooler it's time to turn it. The pile should be turned every five to seven days once this turning process no longer heats up your pile it's ready to cure just let it sit for about four weeks and you'll be ready to add it to your garden so start a fast pile and grow organic for life!

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