Corrugated Iron Compost Bay - Update - Progress So Far!
A few months back I posted on Hometalk that we built a 3 bay compost system out of scrap corrugated iron sheets and some timber. Well a couple of months on this is how it is looking. The bay on the right needs turning but has already been turned several times and breaking down nicely. It did reach 64 degrees Celsius which is higher than the 50 degrees needed to kill off any weed seeds. The thermometer is a cheap aquarium thermometer (cost a dollar or so) inside a glass jar with the sensor on a wire that is attached to a stick that you push into the centre of the heap to gauge how hot the pile is getting. Not much longer to wait I think before this one will be completely broken down into nice chocolate brown soil for use on the garden. The pile on the far left is one in progress which I turned this morning and added a little blood and bone and some garden lime to the pile. Our neighbour across the road contributed 2 full wheelie bins of garden prunings from his Photinias which my husband put on the lawn and mowed over to break them into smaller bits so they will break down faster. The middle pile is the weeds from this same neighbour. I put the weeds in the middle bay to wait till it all turns dry and brown before adding to the left hand pile as this pile is already too nitrogen rich. I believe the nitrogen / carbon ratio needs to be 25% nitrogen (green stuff and coffee grounds which I collect from the local café weekly) and carbon (brown stuff including dried lawn clippings and prunings and leaves and newspaper and cardboard).
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Published November 21st, 2014 9:22 PM
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Barb Rosen on Nov 22, 2014@Carole ~ your composting set up looks great! That was a great reuse of that old corrugated metal!
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Carole on Nov 22, 2014@Barb Rosen Thanks Barb. We also got a raised garden bed out of it and I just posted today to show its progress. We have strawberries ripening in the bed and a rhubarb plant too. There is plenty more corrugated iron next door if we feel the urge to make another garden bed or two! LOL! One man's trash is another man's treasure (or woman's in this case).
Barb Rosen on Nov 22, 2014@Carole ~ you bet! I love my neighbors' "Trash" ! : )
Carole on Apr 08, 2015@Barb Rosen Barb, just thinking about your comment and I realised today that I have had a lot from my neighbours! A pair of cane garden chairs and a matching ottoman, a pair of 1950's garden benches, two dining chairs, a large painting frame, a pine headboard, a bench top wine rack, some paving tiles, a rusty wheelbarrow, a rusty metal 'screen', an old computer desk (now a potting bench) a rusty washing machine? drum, Ikea butchers block off cuts and on and on. These are kerb side throw outs or things I have been offered as they know I do furniture makeovers or things I have just scavenged or asked for if it looked like they were throwing them out, Never hurts to ask - right?! This metal was just another in a long list of unwanted 'stuff' that has been made over or re-purposed.
Barb Rosen on Apr 08, 2015@Carole ~ yep, you and I are the known neighborhood "junkers" ! : )
Carole on Apr 08, 2015@Barb Rosen And proud of it! LOL! I think it does not hurt to get it known in the neighbourhood. That way they can run it by you before they toss it out! I have seen all your re-used shutters and such and it all helps to prevent it going to landfill whilst also being useful and adding a personal touch to the garden!
Barb Rosen on Apr 08, 2015@Carole ~ sure does! My neighbors think I'm a little kooky, but they give me all their neat junk, so who cares?? : )
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