Compost

Discussion in 'Other' started by Darryl, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. Darryl

    Darryl Member Premium Member GOLD

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2016
    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Ellesmere Queensland Australia (South Burnett)
    Climate:
    Temperate (all seasons)
    I'm just wondering if evryone are able to make enough compost for there own need.
    If you can't make enough what do you use or buy in to top up with?
     
  2. Mark

    Mark Founder Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    4,382
    Likes Received:
    981
    Location:
    Bellmere, QLD
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    It takes a little time to get a compost "line" going and it also depends on how much you need because obviously if you are just starting out and you wanted to top the beds with compost then you'd have to import it until your own is ready.

    Bagged compost is pretty cheap a 25L bag of Richgrow compost from Bunnings is about $3.50 but the quality is ordinary - almost sterile...

    A little homemade compost goes a long way because it's full of nutrients, microbes, worms, and holds water better than dirt. Now that most of my beds are pretty mature, I usually just add a small amount of compost to a bed when planting new seedlings/seeds or as a topper around perennials. I tend to always have enough compost to keep me going with my 3 bays cycling through and my manure pile.

    Actually, I'm going to be doing a video on slow composting on my 3 bays soon.

    Backyard composting like most people do is good on a smaller scale, however, if you intend to use it for commercial crops I would look at composting in big heaps (similar to how the council dumps do) except with more love. Large piles of a good organic matter mix generates a lot of heat and breaks down fast so with regular turning from a backo or dozer you could manufacture a lot of compost in a short period.

    If you don't have compost and it's just for a backyard veggie patch (own use) then you can still use plain old soil with added organic fertiliser and sugarcane mulch for pretty good results! But in the long term soil health is critical and nothing beats adding your own organic matter back into the garden to create a great growing medium that's alive, plus it's a sustainable way to grow.
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Informative Informative x 1
  3. Darryl

    Darryl Member Premium Member GOLD

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2016
    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Ellesmere Queensland Australia (South Burnett)
    Climate:
    Temperate (all seasons)
    Thank you #Mark I haven't tried the stuff from bunnings because to go to a bunnings is about one and half drive, hate to say it but the South Burnett area would do well if we could get one.
    I am trying some mushroom compost which I brought from our local landscape supply. I have planted carrots in some. No soil to see how they grow. In another container I have done like a no dig setup with sugar cane mulch and cheap potting mix and mushroom compost layered. And planted pac chow. Then down the yard I have dug some rows and mixed in some soil from the chicken pen and some mushroom compost in small amount and have punkin and bush beans growing these are my trail plots so far.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. Mark

    Mark Founder Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    4,382
    Likes Received:
    981
    Location:
    Bellmere, QLD
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    That's good Darryl, experimenting with different mixes and mediums is a great way to work out what's best and easiest for your property to create that self-sustainability which is one of the most important things.
     
  5. letsgo

    letsgo Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2014
    Messages:
    627
    Likes Received:
    227
    Location:
    SE Queensland, Australia
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    that would be great just remember to post in this site too :p

    Compost is something I haven't got right yet as far as ratios to make a hot compost.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  6. Ash

    Ash Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2015
    Messages:
    636
    Likes Received:
    270
    Location:
    Preston, QLD
    Climate:
    Temperate (all seasons)
    Time and regular turning seem to be the main things needed to get composting going. If you've got those things available to you it can happen.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  7. ClissAT

    ClissAT Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2015
    Messages:
    723
    Likes Received:
    338
    Location:
    Pomona, Qld
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    I let my chooks make my compost.
    I put horse manure, leaf litter, chook house bedding (shavings with chook poo in), mushroom compost & whatever else I have into a pile in the chook run & they scratch it through.
    I pile it all back up with the manure rake & they scratch it over again & again.
    Then I use that as mulch around fruit trees mostly.
    Its not very good quality due to my soil not growing very healthy plants or horses for that matter so the resulting compost is also deficient but it does some good.
    If I had more chooks I could make more compost & dig it in everywhere.
    But I find 3 to be the right number of chooks for me to care for right now.

    Darryl, just thinking about using mushroom compost to grow plants in.
    Be careful regarding it's pH. Always check that so you don't waste your time planting certain plants in it.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. Darryl

    Darryl Member Premium Member GOLD

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2016
    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Ellesmere Queensland Australia (South Burnett)
    Climate:
    Temperate (all seasons)
    @ClissAT
    Thank you for that information as I'm trying corrots in just mushroom compost. so far it seams to be ok but will let you all know how we go.
     
  9. carrie

    carrie Member Premium Member GOLD

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2017
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    1
    Check this intersting article 163 things you can compost at site plantea
     
  10. ClissAT

    ClissAT Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2015
    Messages:
    723
    Likes Received:
    338
    Location:
    Pomona, Qld
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    Hey Darryl, I'm very interested to know how your carrots are coming along.
    if it's working for you, I'll give it a try too.
     
Loading...

Share This Page