The bottom layer is shredded
manure, the next layer is of plant waste shredded. The next layer
is of rock dust, the next layer is of blood meal and bone meal mixed, optional, kitchen food
wastes ok here instead. The next layer is of old shredded manure such as horse. The next
layer is of top soil, the next layer is of kelp meal or seaweed meal, the next layer is
of rock dust. Then add either rabbit, or goat (shredded) or earthworm
castings. Then add either grass clippings, leaves or both mixed
and shredded, then add a layer either of old horse or old sheep or old cow manure,
then add a layer of dia-earth (for fly control); Top it off with a 4 in
layer of top soil. In-between each layer you should
add the following: mix together equal parts:
Cottonseed meal, Alfalfa meal, Kelp meal,
Epsom Salts, Rock dust or Greensand or Rock
The idea is to
lightly sprinkle a thin layer of this formula in between each layer, while
also spraying (lightly) a liquid seaweed mixture such as a SuperSeaweed and
Nitron and Agri Gro mixture (1 cup each added to 1 gallon water, 20 drops
of SuperSeaweed). Use filtered water. Your compost bin
should have a lid and be made of wood (preferably) to allow it to breathe. The
example on the left shows another type of bin you can make and how it gets layered.
This is before it gets mixed into another bin.
Allow to sit
Check the temp. Write this down in your log
Turn contents of bin #1 into bin #2 (you should have three bins for this purpose), turning
over well and adding a sprinkling of the formula as you go and also spraying with
the liquid seaweed. Start the process over again in bin #1.
Check the temp in both bins , note this in your compost log. Turn over bin #2,
making sure everything is turned over well while adding a thin sprinkling of
the formula. Check to make sure neither bin is too wet or
too dry. Add water as needed by spraying (this water is the same liquid seaweed I've
been talking about).
Allow both bins to sit.
This is your first week! Isn't compost making fun!!! Today you turn over
both compost bins, checking for moisture and heat.
Then the next day dump the contents of bin #2 into bin #3, turn
bin #1 into bin #2 and start all over again with bin #1.
Allow everyone to sit and rest.
Turn over bin #3 (sprinkle with formula mixture). Turn over
bin #2 (sprinkle with formula mixture). Check all bins for water, temp.
Allow everyone to rest today, checking
for too much water etc.
Check on bin #3, how does the compost look? Are there any parts which
don't look decomposed? Remove that and place in bin #1. Turn over bin #3 ,water as needed
with liquid seaweed and add a sprinkling of the formula. Check bin#2 , how are we
doing here? Turn over and sprinkle formula and add water (liquid seaweed) as
Two more days to go... Allow all bins to sit
and rest today
Well here it is, the day you've been working for. Check bin #3 and
Rich compost. Never add raw waste into bins #2, #3. These bins are for finishing the
composting process. Bin #1 is where you may also add kitchen waste such as
rice leftovers, salad leftovers, etc. Never add meat or
cooking oils as this will stop the composting process and
you may even have to dispose of the compost. You may add egg
shells, coffee grinds, to the first bin only. Rock Dust is excellent for helping the
Here is one example of a commonly available bins. Tell us about your bin
Home made bins are often best.
This is a solar drying tray.
In this photo you can see how some make their own compost bins.