|Fun Facts about Compost|
Did you know we make a significant amount of our own compost on the farm? With all this summer heat and humidity, our piles are breaking down fast and we will soon have several cubic yards of black gold to spread on our crops. We use the tractor bucket to flip our piles two or three times and use a semi-permeable black landscape fabric to manage the temperature, airflow and moisture of the piles.
We know it is good stuff because it is crawling with visible insect life by the time it matures!
Our three main compost ingredients this year are:
Straw from our wheat and rye crops (see middle picture in the graphic above), Chicken bedding, which consists of 12 months worth of straw and hen droppings from the coop and Green material from the garden, including tomato and squash vines, flowering crops and some surplus crops we aren’t able to sell
Here are a few more thoughts in case you are interested in composting your own food scraps at home:
The three main ingredients for compost are Nitrogen (green matter ie. plant materials), Carbon (brown materials like cardboard and sticks), water and air.
Well-made compost does not smell bad! Though it is made up of decomposing organic material, if you add enough brown/carbon materials and provide the proper moisture and airflow, your pile won’t stink.
You do not need a fancy container to have a compost pile.
Compost piles can heat up! With the buildup of gases, decomposition process and the organisms breaking down the materials, compost piles can get to over 150 degrees!
The pile will shrink by over half as it decomposes.
If you’re composting at home, you may not want to add grease, animal feces or diseased plants into your compost.