The Sacred Act of Composting; Encouraging Sacred Cyclez!
Composting in the act of returning that which we consume, consciously or unconsciously, back into nature. By transmutating our waste into the soil, we enrichen the earth and encourage a deeper connection with both what we consume and what we grow…
Compost is kreated by providing the optimal conditions for decomposition; Air + Water + Carbon + Nitrogen
Air; The bacteria that is needed to decompose organic matter needz air; porosity and space to break down! Therefore, turn your pile every few days; and when kreating, stick a few branches underneath to ensure adeaquate air flow!
Water; Compost microbes need enough water to do their ,agick, too much creates rancidity whilst too little kills your erth workers (microbes, nematodes, worms and the like)… If without natural rain; water when needed, usually when you turn your pile!
Carbon; Microbes used carbon ingredients as an energy source. Carbon rich ingredients are mostly dead matter such as autumn leaves, hay and corn stalks.
Nitrogen; Microbes use nitrogen ingredients as proteins to build their microscopic bodies. Nitrogen rich ingredients are mostly fresh moist plant matter, referred to as green matter. These include fresh grass clipping, freshly pulled weeds (without seed) and ofcourse, kitchen scraps!
Carbon Nitrogen Balance!
In order for compost to decompose effectively, there needs to be the right ratio of Carbon to Nitrogen;
Piles with too much Nitrogen tend to go rancid, as the excess nitrogen converts into ammonia gas, whilst piles with too much Carbon break down slowly, not providing enough food for microbiql production!
An ideal compost should have a 30:1 Carbon to Nitrogen ratio! This can be achieved simply by adding one pqrt grass clippings or food scraps, to two parts dead matter such as hay or fallen leaves!
Love alwayz, Charlie!