Skandi Rogers wrote:Keep all non herbivore poo separate with plenty of carbon to help it, but the other pile (kitchen waste, weeds, clipping etc etc) can contain anything, fresh weeds are absolutely fine. if you think they may contain seeds then you need to get the pile hot but if they are young weeds it really doesn't matter.
Eric Hanson wrote:Ryan,
The point of this whole post is that even bad compost can be wondrous for the soil beneath. After that experience I started putting compost piles IN the garden and not beside or away from the garden. I don’t really make the best compost and I don’t care because of what the pile does for the ground itself. This fall I will find an unused spot in my garden bed and pile up the vegetation and just leave it. Come spring I will spread whatever is left, but the primary beneficiary will be the ground that hosted the pile itself.
I wish you luck and hope your composting goes well.
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I like the habitat brush pile idea for the ivy, though I may start it with a 12” layer of sticks to prevent the vines growing again (at least what I do with English ivy).
Ryan Hobbs wrote:On our farm, we are installing a food forest, rotational pasture system, ruth stout method vegetable garden, and back to eden herb gardens. We have begun a compost pile between the small barn where we store our lawn tractor and sheep fodder and the border fence. We argue over the darn thing in our household. I think it should be vegetable scraps, leaf mould, and soiled bedding from the barn's only lambing stall. My grandmother thinks it should include sticks, humanure, and any and all biodegradable yard waste including freshly pulled weeds. Only today, we got in a row over whether or not to put poison ivy in it. (I won, poison ivy went in the trash.) I want to put humanure in its own pile with sawdust and to chip the sticks into same. From the point where we argue, I have begun to consider the compost pile a real chore.
We can look at this from two angles as far as I can see. 1. This is a clash of different attitudes towards life that we need a counselor to untangle. 2. We have incorrect ideas about composting that, once rectified, we will be able to make good compost without arguing.
Another point: Of course we can probably avoid this whole mess if we didn't use compost at all. Do we really need to compost stuff, or can we just toss it out into the fields and be done with it?