Autumn is traditionally the very best time of year to make hot compost: all your summer growth can get carefully blended and layered into a beautiful big pile to cook through the cooler months of the year, so that in spring, when you are itching to plant seeds again, you will have healthy soil all set to go.
Makes you wonder why anyone would pay to have their garden waste removed, right?
Here's the line-up of events for March/April, many of which are in the EcoMatters EcoFest West programme.
Saturday 9th April 9am-12pm (full): Make your own Seed-Raising Mix: hands on mini workshop 30 minutes. $20. Spaces limited on this particular day, but I run these sessions all through the year.
Saturday 9th April 1pm-4pm: 'Build with me' Hot Compost in Te Atatū South. (In person event $150)
Saturday 16th April
4pm - new time 3pm: Auckland Biodynamics Regional Hub Meeting (Zoom meeting, free to attend)
Registration is required (this means entering your name and email on Zoom before joining)
Saturday 19th March: Permablitz at Permakai.
Sunday 20th March, 4pm: Webinar: How to transition your home garden into a biodynamic oasis of health and vitality.
Saturday 2nd April 4pm: Biodynamic Horn Manure stir in Te Atatū South. (In person event, koha to the Biodynamic Association of New Zealand) Spaces limited.
-Postponed, new date to be confirmed-
Other Autumn events
March to May: Autumn Hot Compost Carnival: What could this look like?
- perhaps a juried exhibition of creative hot composting.
- a 'beauty contest' with judges.
- a free-for-all celebration of different styles, utilising carpentry, weaving, stonework and other creative approaches to the outer walls of the compost sculpture.
Collaborators welcome to help organise something, so that we have some cool videos and photo essays by the end of May.