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Post  Razed Bed on 5/29/2015, 3:59 pm

Our SFG squares, containers, and old 60x2 plot are much too ugly to sicken people with pictures, but I guess our compost is okay to display, since it has been talked about many times.

This is a picture I took of the fast compost method used and borrowed from the Youtube garden guru, Reaganite 71.

This is what it looked like exactly 14 days from the time I filled up a 32-gallon garbage can with grass cuttings, kitchen scraps, and fine wood chips. To these components, I added some alfalfa meal, fish hydrolysate, liquid kelp, azomite, and some previously made compost.

As Reaganite 71 teaches, he adds ammonia, beer, and soda to the mix to feed the organisms, but we substitute blood meal + alfalfa for the nitrogen in the ammonia; brewer's yeast for the yeast in the beer; and succanat for the sugar in the soda.

We had 4 days above 90 degrees during this composting period, so the pile was really hot.  I placed a metal rod inside the can so that when I turned it over the first time, I could remove the rod and feel that it was very hot.  A meat thermometer then verified it was hot enough for a cooked ham at just over 140 degrees.

It was turned and mixed on Day 3, 6, 9, and 12.  I added a little Bragg's aminos and sea minerals when I turned it on Day 12.

Here is the result.


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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/29/2015, 4:13 pm

Well done. okay Looks just like my year old compost.

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Post  Razed Bed on 5/29/2015, 4:32 pm

Cape Coddess,

Just from looking at your avatar of perfectly, well-behaved veggies looking aesthetically perfect, I am positive that I cannot embarrass myself by posting the junkyard equivalent of SFG.

I wish I could host you for a week or two to help make our garden worthy of hanging out with yours and others beauties.

Keep up the excellent work.

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Post  sanderson on 5/29/2015, 8:43 pm

Compost looks good.

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