Compost Building in the Desert w/ Geoff Lawton | Greening the Desert | Permaculture

welcome back everyone for another
episode of Lulu’s Perch in this episode Geoff Lawton is gonna teach us how he
creates compost and build soil in the desert with the help of some unexpected
workers now the problem at the moment is that farmers all over the world are
burning off valuable piles of old crops and vegetation when they could be
salvaging these resources saving money and protecting the environment by
creating compost now growing food by the dead sea may seem like an impossible
task especially when the land is so salty that they named cities after it
but with the right combination of ingredients and a few helpers you can
create compost and grow food anywhere yeah okay but what on earth is compost
well compost is decomposed organic matter it’s that soft fluffy soil you’d
find on a healthy forest floor or in the gutters on your earth interesting so how
does it benefit my garden ah I’m glad you asked you see a finished compost
heap contains rich minerals and trace elements billions of beneficial
microbial life forms kilometers of mycelium fungus strands and liters upon
liters of extra water retention which all work together to help our plants grow
yeah cool so how do we make it well before we make it we need to
collect four main ingredients number one being our Brown dead material this is
our carbon number two our green living material this is our nitrogen number
three our water and number four oxygen now that we have our four main
ingredients we can begin by starting with a brown carbon layer of material
secondly we can move on to our green living nitrogen layer and then we rinse
it with water and we repeat now you can’t just go layering any
amounts of brown and green material if you put too much green in there it’s
gonna get stanky and really hot and anaerobic and no microbial life is gonna
survive in there on the other hand if you put too much carbon in there there’s
not gonna be enough chemical reaction and the whole pile is going to go cold
but thankfully there’s a decomposition ratio which will increase the chances
that your compost will be successful and that ratio is nine buckets of brown
material your carbon six buckets of green material your nitrogen and
optional three buckets of animal manure sounds a little bit complicated but how
am I gonna know if it’s working all right so we’re gonna get a little bit
sciency here yeah science we want all of our tiny microbes and squirmy worms to
be rubbed up in their little beds and a temperature between 55 and 65 degrees
Celsius you can test your pile without all the science equipment and
thermometers you just got to use your hands like they’re doing Jurassic Park
forevers one big pile of s*** now it’s your turn stick your hands into that
pile and if it’s too hot to hold for longer than a second it means it’s too
hot for any microbe your life to survive you need to add carbon and flip it if
the middle of the pile is too cold add some green material and flip it now
take a chunk of compost in your hand and squeeze it if water pours out of it add
some brown and green material but no water the piles saturated if no water
comes out at all hose it down walk away easy and finally
the sniff test if your compost pile stinks it means you’ve got too much
nitrogen in there you need to add carbon and flip it why are we doing the
flipping thing ah remember the fourth and final ingredient oxygen adding oxygen to
the compost pile encourages aerobic microbes to decompose the pile much
faster as opposed to anaerobic bacteria which take much longer and they stink oh
jeez how often do I have to flip this well
dear friends how quickly do you want your soil if you need it quick the
record so far is 18 days using the Berkeley method this is where you build
a pile leave it for four days to heat up and then flip it every second day
thereafter on the 18th day it should be ready or on the other hand you can use
Geoff Lawton’s secret workers to flip it chickens chicken tractor on steroids every week it’s definitely something
that could drive this project forward and now we’ve linked it very precisely
with the rabbits and it’s more than proven itself in Geoff’s
chicken tractor design he uses leftover green nitrogen material to feed the
rabbits who stripped the leaves and bark off it until it becomes brown carbon
material we then sweep the carbon out and down into the chickens next door who
covered it in their manure and you from here it’s swept down into the compost area
and stacked using the compost ratio the chickens then flip the pile and we keep
reach stacking it until it’s a finished pile at the bottom exit gate and ready
to use for planting well there you have it guys we just made
compost in the desert with chickens and rabbits
you’re not rabbit next episode I’m going to be taking cover from automatic
gunfire I’m going to go to the Dead Sea for rest and relaxation two extremes one
episode it’s going to be wild try to get outside

34 thoughts on “Compost Building in the Desert w/ Geoff Lawton | Greening the Desert | Permaculture

  1. That was an excellent instructional demonstration of compost making, and is ideal for use in school education. This needs to be a manual for children.

  2. paused at 3:18, how appropriate to my comment. Your ratio on the board is 9:6:3, which Tesla said is the secret to the Universe.

  3. The fastest, most instructionally(is this a word?) entertaining compost vid I've seen to date, mate! I'm definitely going to share this on my stream. Geoff's course is awesome!

  4. Too much work, not enough arms and time!
    I would just directly put the shit in the desert sand!
    And burry it! Then add some water and seeds…la voila!

  5. It is great to hear good news about the environment. Well done for showing us how simple steps can change the world

  6. Any tips for keeping moisture in the pile? I am from the sonoran desert and have trouble keeping them evenly moist. I love your youtube channel! great information and your enthusiasm is very pleasant.

  7. I'm currently creating my own compost. No more food being thrown in the trash. I'm creating compost with straws, variable size sticks, leaves, and food wastes.

  8. They could be laying the stalks on the land (See Masanobu Fukuoka) and protect the soil from the sun, also increasing soil fertility over time.

  9. Awesome video! Thanks a lot for sharing. Thanks Geoff Lawton for giving me the crazy idea to turn my sand dune into fertile soil. 3 year using this technique and adding it to my sandy soil and I have many worms now, my soil is starting to live again!

  10. Hey Lulu 2 things: most importantly what's the soundtrack? Luvd it. Secondly maybe tell it in the blurb or intro about the internship etc with Geoff, for the worry warts. 😉

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