What Is Hot Composting and How To Use It In Your Garden

Hi I’m Tricia, an organic gardener. I grow organically for a healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding
experience. Whether you’ve been an organic gardener for five
days or five years you know that good compost is the foundation to your soil health. But sometimes compost takes longer than
your plants can wait. Today we’re gonna show you how to make
a fast pile, it will ready in a couple months. If your new to composting I suggest that
you also check out our Composting 101 video. To speed up the process and get the heat
that you need the pile needs to be the right size, a three cubic foot is perfect
and that’s about the size of this bin. A chipper, machete or pruners are some
useful tools for chopping materials, ideally you want the pieces between
an inch to a quarter inch in size. Build a pile in a bin or on bare ground but don’t build it on asphalt or
concrete because that can slow the process down. Start with six to eight inches of a high
carbon or brown material, leaves and straw are great. After the high carbon layer it’s time to add
about two to three inches of a high nitrogen layer or green material. If your nitrogen sources are older or a bit dry you can add a high nitrogen source like this
Compost Maker from E.B. Stone and that’ll speedup the process. The next layer is either going to be a
finished compost or a compost starter which is what I’m going to do. Use one ounce of compost inoculate to
one-and-a-half cubic yards of raw materials. For my three by three foot pile that
translates to two thirds of an ounce. I started the process yesterday by
dissolving two thirds of an ounce in tepid chlorine free water, if you have chlorine in your water let the
water you intend to use stand for twenty four hours before adding the inoculate. I made a paste with the compost starter
and added to the water in my sprayer and I made enough to handle this whole
compost pile. Water your compost in between the
layers you want it moist like a damp sponge continue building your pile with a half and half
ratio of brown and green materials spraying the inoculate and watering as you go, if you are aren’t using compost inoculate, add
finished compost or garden soil instead. It’s helpful to mix up your pile a little bit with a manure fork. Once your pile is three cubic feet you want to cover it, my bin comes with a cover, but you can also use a compost cover material or you can put an extra layer of carbon
on top. I like this Compostex cover because
it sheds excessive rain and snow melt, it keeps the pile moist and allows oxygen
through to the pile. When your compost pile heats up to about
a hundred and forty degrees or when it gets cooler it’s time to turn it. The pile should be
turned every five to seven days once this turning process no longer
heats up your pile it’s ready to cure. Just let it sit for about four weeks and
you’ll be ready to add it to your garden. So start a fast pile and grow organic for life!

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