Date Confirmed: Compost Workshop & Olsson Orchard Working Party, 21 April at 10:00 a.m.

21 April 2012

Ten Participants in RECAP's composting workshop gained practical experience while helping to prepare a compost heap for the Olsson Orchard.

The compost heap, which ultimately reached to head height, was built with repeating layers of the following:

  • dried bracken fern;
  • wood chips;
  • weed harvested from the nearby stream (thereby making some small headway toward conserving the nearby bush remnant);
  • organic cow manure.

When building a compost pile, getting a fairly even mix of dry and wet ingredients is important. Size matters, too: 1m x 1m x 1m is generally recommended to create sufficient heat.

For those wishing to compost with less space or material, a worm farm (which can be made from used tyres) is a good alternative. The Bokashi method takes the least space of all, and is suitable even for apartments with window gardens.