Autumn Composting with Blue Borage

Do you look around your garden and see the remnants of summer now becoming a little unsightly, with weeds growing faster than plants?

It could just well be time to put all that green matter into a hot compost pile to cook through the winter, so that you have beautiful soil to use in spring/summer.

Hot compost — a way to create a future garden bed using your garden waste

For me, there are a few reasons:

  1. It’s efficient. Rather than adding a small layer every day and having to turn a compost pile regularly, I’d rather gather up all the ingredients for one day of building, and then not have to do anything for a while.
  2. It’s effective. My favourite method of hot composting is to build the pile right where I want a garden bed in a few months. Free standing piles are so much fun to make, and there’s something magical (in a no-till sense) when you pile back the top half of the finished compost and discover a garden bed that is all set to go.
  3. It’s fascinating. What makes the compost get hot? I found the cat on top of one of my compost piles yesterday — obviously the warmest spot in the garden on a chilly autumn afternoon. Some people geek out on the science of composting, but I prefer to just get into action making the next pile, and tweaking my methods through experience.
  1. There’s an online event called ‘Autumn Composting’ where you can get a set of the biodynamic compost preparations posted to you (if you live in New Zealand), you’ll get access to the online course on Hot Composting, and I’ve also included a set of the BD500 Horn Manure preparation and the online course on Basic Biodynamics for the home gardener.
    https://events.humanitix.com/autumn-composting-j0q2dyiy
  2. Hop over to the Blue Borage Gardening group on Facebook, where I’ll host a challenge for the duration of autumn — I’d love to hear how you get on with your compost. It’s also a lovely to see pictures of other people’s gardens — something to motivate you if you need that.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/blueboragegardening
  3. Whether you do the course or just take part via the Facebook group, I’ll be holding weekly Hot Composting Q&A sessions on Zoom. (Details for the Zoom calls are in both the Humanitix event and the Blue Borage Facebook group)

Come and join in the hot composting fun!

~Katrina🌱

Compost Coach based in Titirangi, West Auckland, New Zealand. Using biodynamics to help home gardeners make top quality soil. https://www.blueborage.co.nz/

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