3 Questions about 18 day compost

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  1. Pakanohida

    Pakanohida Junior Member

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    I watched the video "Soils" and I understand it, no problems. In fact, thank you PRI you have opened my eyes to yet another level of life, and once again I feel like a nubcake in roflsauce.

    My questions about it are as such:

    If I collect seaweed and wish to use it, aside from chopping it up if need be, would it be considered nitrogen or carbon in this application? How much can / should be used with other manure sources?

    What was that wonderful machine in the "re-mineralization" segment used to chop up the woody greens that Geoff Lawton used by hand? I don't have a mulcher / chipper / shredder and was amazed at that machine.
     
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    Would it be different depending on whether it was wet or dry? Like grass clippings which are nitrogen when green and carbon when dry?

    I make sea weed tea when I can get my hands on it. It seems too precious to put in the compost.
     
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    I would agree there. Looking at it as a living plant example, it would be green. Dry seaweed as carbon.

    I followed the Paul Taylor method, well, a conglomeration of the Berkley and his. I used his 4:3:2 Carbon:Green:Manure and as a woodmulch-based mix. No way timber would break down in 18 days. I ended up spreading it as partially-decomposed and everything got a visible kick.

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    That's 3 weeks in.
     
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    Please tell me where I can see this video..
    Thank you in advance
     
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    I got poo,
    from a zoo.
    Next to compost
    for 18 days,
    & then to post,
    showing Geoff's way.

    ((I am not starting tomorrow so don't ask.)) ;)
     
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    Hey guys,

    I'm doing my first compost and I do have some questions too:

    Every time I turn my compost pile I have to add water to keep it moist as Geoff recommends at the beginning?

    He talks about Comfrey as an activator. I don't know where to get it. I heard that urine works as an activator as well, is that true?

    Thanks!!!! :)
     
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    Keep it moist if it needs to be moist. Don't overwet, basically. I watered mine each turn but it wasn't a complete soaking each time.

    Things with higher nitrogen will activate, so comfrey/green grass/manure/blood and bone/urine etc. will heat it up. Don't make it too hot, or your pile shrinks rapidly.

    If I was hardcore about it, I could see the value in a thermometer and balancing different ingredients to get it right each and every time.
     
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    Make friends with a local permie - they'll share their comfrey with you. Where are you Corniola?
     
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    So how is this 18-day thing going, and what were the ingredients? :)

    And one things to remember, even after the compost is ready to go, it should remain damp, i.e. worked into the soil or covered with lots of mulch to stay damp because that is the environment the little soil critters need. if it dries out they will die. But if you wet it again, they will be able to grow again.
     
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    That's what I thought. Thanks!

    I'm in Yarra Valley, Victoria! :)
     

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