Create your own organic compost – one of the most powerful materials in permaculture!
This course explains how all the necessary elements that make for a productive compost pile work together, with a thorough analysis of how material, water, oxygen, and temperature interact, and how modifying any of them influences the way that compost develops. You’ll discover the importance of the right levels of air and moisture for a healthy pile, as well as insight on some of the common problems that can affect the development of your compost, and how to prevent or ameliorate them.
You will also be given the instructions, hints and tips you need to start, maintain and use your own compost pile. We guide you through the many different materials that make suitable additions to a pile, and point out those that should be kept out. We also cover how material needs to be prepared, layered and treated as it makes its transformation into compost.
We also include information on the two main methods of creating compost – hot and cold – and the factors that will influence your choice of strategy, as well as hints and tips on siting and maintaining your pile. You will also learn the best techniques for telling when compost is ready to use, and how to apply it to your garden beds for maximum effectiveness.