Compost is key to our organic garden.
We put everything from the garden into the compost bins except woody plants and tree limbs. This is includes weeds, spent flowers, spoiled vegetables and fruits. There are two types of bins, “green” bins for green plant material and “brown” bins for brown materials. When we turn the green bin we will add brown to speed up the decomposition process. The only other thing that we do not add that other composers might add is fertilizer. Every year when we sift the compost the ph level is about 6 and we do not need added amendments.
We keep the compost moist and turn it three times a season. Last year we were able to get the temperature up to 160 degrees for over 10 days which should destroy all seeds — weed or any other seed mixed into the bins. Read our Composting flyer for more information.