Do you want to learn how to create your own organic compost –
one of the most powerful materials in permaculture?
Explore the different types of material you can compost and how to create your own compost pile.
Learn about the different options for compost containers, how to troubleshoot common problems, and how to use your compost on your garden for the best results and highest yields.
This course provides you with everything you need to know about organic compost, so that you can begin making your own today.
the skills you will gain in this self-paced online course:
- Understand how making compost contributes to reducing waste
- Discover the benefits compost gives to soil, and the plants growing in it
- Learn how material is turned into useable compost
- Appreciate the complex food web at work in a compost pile
- Find out about specific microorganisms that help create compost
- Know what the presence of certain animals tells you about your compost pile
- Recognize how different ratios of material affect decomposition
- Understand how preparing materials will affect the decomposition process
- Learn how to test for and modify a compost pile’s pH level
- Comprehend how the presence of water and air influences compost development
- Discover the options when it comes to housing a compost pile
- Learn how to use recycled materials to create a container
- Understand how pile size affects decomposition
- Understand the factors that influence where you site your compost pile
- Know which conditions to avoid placing your pile in
- Understand how to layer different materials in a compost pile
- Discover how to improve aeration as you construct a pile
- Know what to look for when checking a compost pile
- Discover how to treat common problems with a pile
- Appreciate why certain materials should not go into a compost pile
- Understand why inorganic materials are not suitable for your compost
- Know which types of manure are suitable for adding to your compost
- Learn about the benefits of manure from common livestock species
- Appreciate why worms make good composters
- Learn how to make your own worm farm
- Know when your compost is ready to use
- Discover the time-scales for different types of composting method
- Recognize the best methods for applying compost to garden beds
- Learn how to make compost tea and how it benefits plants
Enable yourself to understand just what goes on in a compost pile to give the gardener such a brilliant soil modifier. You’ll discover all the amazing microorganisms that do the work turning all manner of materials into something that your plants will love. Did you know, for example, that there could be several billion bacteria beavering away inside your compost pile! You will also see how many different forms of microorganisms go into creating a complex ecosystem that develops in every single compost pile – from the smallest bacteria and fungi to spiders, centipedes and other beneficial bugs.
The course also 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 to 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. The course guides you through the many different materials that make suitable additions to a pile, and points out those that should be kept out. It also explains how material needs to be prepared, layered and treated as it makes its transformation into compost.
Furthermore, the course looks at the options you have available to you for housing your compost pile. You’ll learn the relative merits of open containers, closed containers, turning bins and dug compost pits. You will also discover the many different types of material that you can recycle to construct your own compost bin quickly and cheaply.
Build your self-sufficiency skills with a self-paced online learning experience
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 – so it reaches the temperature you need and avoids generating maggots or other unwelcome guests – 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.
All this is at your fingertips – and your plants will reward you with crops for giving them something that supplies so many of their needs.