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March 1, 2014 at 7:35 pm #258090arcadiaometMember
I’ve turned, composted and added Lucerne to my garden bed and if I added carbon (shredded newspapers) to it and let it to sit for a few weeks would it be a large compost?..
I’m thinking instead of making a separate compost area and then adding it to the bed why not make it on the actual bed itself?..
What do you all think?..March 1, 2014 at 11:43 pm #535248BelMember
I think it’s a sound idea. It might take more than a few weeks to break down, however. Something else you might like to try is a no-dig or lasagne garden. That way you can add your Lucerne, newspaper etc, but there is no need to turn it all over or wait for it to break down. You can plant straight on top of the bed in little pockets and as the material underneath breaks down, it feeds the plants. I have used this method in the past and it is excellent! Something like this: No Dig Garden
You can also try ‘free range worm farming’ by adding your compost to a holey bucket in the ground – some tips here: Worm farmsMarch 1, 2014 at 11:53 pm #535249SnagsMember
I was going to add worms and a compost bin to my raised garden beds.
My ones will be 900 high (hip high) as I have crap soil,invasive gum tree roots and real problems with maintaining moisture.
I will bury a PVC pipe or bucket with the bottom cut out and holes drilled in it and throw scraps in that.March 3, 2014 at 4:07 pm #535250porgeyMember
The best veggie garden soil is under your compost heap. As a result I create in situ compost heaps in resting garden beds within my veggie garden by turning in old veggies and any green manure then adding kitchen scraps(N) and dried pea & bean casings and stems (C). This has lots of benefits including not having to laboriously cart compost from separate heaps and frees up room for other things.
I am lucky in that I have quite a bit of space so I grow a green manure and/or veggies in a garden bed then turn it into a compost heap then repeat this every two months with each bed. It works really well and only yesterday I picked a 1.5 meter long organic pumpkin, testament to natures wonder and my encouragement.
Autumn is a great time in the veg garden as you still have summer veg growing but have the opportunity to put into plan next summers preparation as well as all the autumn, winter and spring veg in between. I am currently sowing lots of green manure and Lucerne to help boost soil fertility and much needed organic matter in what was really sandy soil and hope to scrounge some cow manure to really enrich the natural process. BD Preperations will follow.
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