2020 - year of the soil maker
I began the year with the intention to make a large hot compost pile each and every month, and here we are in October, and I'm still going strong. The problem? My memory... I know some piles have had biodynamic compost preparations, and others haven't. Some got plenty of cow manure, but others had a minimal bucket and no more. A few had sea weed, but I don't remember which ones got special seaweed from Muriwai, and which just got seaweed from the local beach near Titirangi.
And so, the time has come for some formal records.
If you'd like to get more systematic with your composting, then this could be a method to try right from the beginning.
Things to record are: the date, the position of the moon, what went into the compost pile, the temperature observations, things you did as an experiment, and things you learned as you built it to do better next time.
Here's the template as a downloadable pdf file if you'd like to use it yourself:
Blue Borage Homestead Journal
There are a few other tools I recommend if you want to take a homestead approach to managing your garden. Send an email if you'd like more information on these: email@example.com
How to make hot compost: the online course
One of the more popular online courses is how to make hot compost using biodynamic compost preparations. If you are interested in cancelling your garden waste collections, but aren't sure how to turn all that green matter into healthy soil, then this is a good starting point: hot compost for the home garden.