Here at Blue Borage we are keen to see gardeners everywhere embrace biodynamic composting. The easiest place to start is by turning your garden waste into soil.
Keep weeds in the garden??
Yes, all of them.
Don't I need an expensive compost bin to make large amounts of hot compost?
To be perfectly honest, you can make all the compost you want with no enclosure - it just takes a bit of experimentation to learn the best construction method for your space.
For the beginner, I recommend getting four shipping pallets, and using these as temporary walls - the size is perfect for a cubic metre of compost, and you once the compost is finished, you can remove the walls, and use the compost right where it is.
What's the process?
I've broken it into a simple four step system, which you can work through methodically, but for more detail, the online course is going to answer all your questions.
2020 was 'Year of the Soil Maker' for Blue Borage
I began last year with the intention to make a large hot compost pile each and every month, and was able to tick the final box in December with a sense of celebration. The problem with all these hot compost piles was 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 small bucket of cow poo and no more. A few had sea weed, but I don't remember which compost got the special seaweed from Muriwai, and which just got seaweed from the local beach near me in Titirangi.
And so, the time has come for some formal records.
If you'd also like to get more systematic with your composting, then this could be a method to try right from the beginning - learn from my mistakes!
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 this one, to do differently 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
2021 the year of Biodynamic Hot Compost: Let's make 100,000 piles in Auckland
Would you like to see more and more people get excited about hot composting?
If we got to 100,000 biodynamic compost piles in Auckland City, then just imagine how many people would be growing food in healthy soil... all the garden maintenance companies would be up-skilled to advise home owners on best practice with green waste management, we'd have workplaces in every suburb installing edible gardens, and our garden centres would most certainly not need quite so many single use plastic bags. Instead of buying soil, we'd be able to get loads and loads of plants, pots, seeds and tools.