Make Compost Faster With This Starter – GardenFork


– This is my compost pile. This is your average compost
pile, much like you guys I take kitchen scraps
and stuff from the garden and I put it in here and
it takes quite a while to break down. And you always read in the
books or you see on the TV shows where this compost
is like wicked hot and steaming and you’re
like how do I get that? Well today I’m gonna show
you one way to help you get closer to that ideal. So there’s a new company
to there called Echo Scraps that is teaming up with
restaurants and grocery stores and processing that
food waste into value products for the garden. And they’ve sent me some of
their compost accelerator they gave us a couple of
bucks to make this video, I’m gonna walk you through how to get your compost cooking better. Your compost pile can be
as simple as literally a pile of garden debris
like this, or something a little more involved
like my pallet bin here. We have a video about
how to build a compost bin out of pallets. This is nice because it’s pretty much dog proof because dogs like compost. That’s compost, okay. The ideal compost bin
has the correct carbon to nitrogen ratio. And what happens in most home
gardens is the carbon ratio is skewed larger? There’s more carbon than
nitrogen in your compost pile. Think of it as browns and greens. Browns are leaves, well,
any plant that’s brown and most of the plants
that are dead you pull up they’re brown and you put
them in your compost pile and then you maybe put in
some green material as well, maybe some grass clippings
although I usually mulch that into the yard. This is a perfect example
of most compost piles, it’s just brown material. You know this is stuff
that we layer it up, and there’s not green in here
so it composts very slowly. So you can see here this one, is mainly
brown and some eggshells and some stuff like that. So, what Echo Scraps compost
accelerator does is help reset that carbon to nitrogen ratio. And ideally, you would layer this compost brown, green, brown, green, brown green. I know that’s kinda hard, but
if you’re doing like a big job, like a big yard clean
up you could do that. It’s similar to lasagna gardening. Remember the lasagna
gardening raised bed we built in Brian’s backyard? There’s a link in the show
notes for that one there. Again, the same kinda
thing, and again, it worked really well for that garden bed. So that same thing can apply here, and it’ll get it cooking nicely. The other key thing is aeration,
you can get to the point where you put PVC pipes
with holes drilled in them into your big bins
here, or literally just, I mean I’m doing this with
my hands, but you just wanna mix this up. Take your pitchfork,
whatever, turn it around, because you’re introducing
air and you’re getting the materials to mix together as well. As you’re doing that layering, mix in the Echo Scraps compost accelerator. So it’s like it’s a lasagna,
like you put the pasta, then the cheese and the sauce,
this is the magic sauce. Another key to having good
compost is you want it to be moist but not soaking wet. You want this to be the
moisture level of like a damp sponge, but not something
where you would squeeze it and water’s coming gushing out. So again, moist, but not wet, but not dry. So, if you live in an arid
place you might need to sprinkle some water on top of this. (mellow music) Another key component
of a good compost pile that’s cooking on really nicely is mass. You need a lot of compost basically. One cubic yard, which is one
yard by one yard by one yard, which is about the size
of our pallet composter, which is kinda like it, is
basically a starting point to get the thing whomped up. The microorganisms that are
breaking down the compost are doing what’s called
an exothermic reaction, there a bug biting my hand,
sorry, and that reaction that exothermic meaning putting off heat, is what heats up the pile. And you need that mass,
to have it heat up, I’m doing it very unscientifically,
but take it from me, you need mass. I want to take you now to
my neighbor’s compost pile, which is massive, ready? (four wheeler engine revs) This is Blaze, my neighbor’s Labrador, this is a massive compost pile. It’s mainly brown leaves, so
it takes a couple of years to break down, but after it breaks down, this is just amazing leaf,
it’s called leaf mold usually, but great stuff, I love
to come over here and get it for my garden. Do you like compost? After it breaks down, it’s great stuff. You big goof. Don’t, okay, like I said,
Labradors like compost. So this is mainly brown material, again, but because of the mass of it, it helps it to break down. This still takes a couple
of years, but the bigger your pile, and the fact that
my neighbor goes through this with his front loader and tosses it helps a lot. Again, mass works. (four wheeler engine revs) So the more finely chopped
up your compost the better, So take your eggs and crush
them, if you have clamshells, whack these with a hammer. Give ’em to your kids,
they’ll like to do that. Bananas and stuff, break
’em up, just go through here and whomp this all with a
shovel, that’ll work really well. And then we’re gonna add in
some of our compost accelerator. There’s instructions on the
back, well, coffee grounds are on the back here but a
lot of really nice information plus some stuff about how
they repurpose food waste. Add this to your bin. Layers. You’re good to go. (dog barks) Do you love compost? (dog barks) Alright there you go, more
information about Eco Scraps is in the show notes below,
if you want to build the pallet compost bin, we have
a video about that again the links are down there below. Questions or comments, always
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I’ll see you later. (mellow music) Ready Charlie? Ready again? (mellow music)

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