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care and feeding

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on June 20, 2008 at 12:16:19 am



Feed vermi-forest compost piles/rows in layers of 30% nitrogen and 70 % carbon, alternating and never letting too much nitogen accumuate in one spot.

Build rows up to 12-18". Diversity is key, in size, shape and material. Enough but not too much moisture, also oxygen. Biomimicry: We're imitating a very active forest floor.




Compost all kitchen scraps                                                                   Transfer food & organic waste to buckets...or barrels...

                                                                              ...whatever's appropriate scale and easy to carry to compost place.


Gather food scraps and paper            Seeds sprout vigorously in castings so be careful. Great compost, but

when you go to gatherings                untended feeder roots will take over compost bin/row



All paper; junk mail, to-go containers, newspapers, old journals....shredded is best           Cardboard is great. Corrugation is great habitat for

(more surface area) If you can get your own shredder, it's awesome...                            worms and mychorhizzal. Cardbaord is trees. It needs to go back to the earth.

also businesses often shred paper and will give it to you


Woodchips are the basis. Brings in the millipede family and fungi too.

Most kinds are good, some kinds so/so and some no-no. Be aware of what chips you get.

                                                                                                                        Coconut is premium, hands down.

                                          Get good clean mulch wherever you can to start with, and for the future--grow mulch.

                                          Grow coconuts for mulch! Grow NFTs, bananas, trees, etc...plant 50-70% for mulch!


Chickens are a great companion for forest-style vermi-compost systems. They help you mix.

Worms and bugs are very good for chickens too but don't let them eat too much. You know how they are.

They'll also eat all the maggots if your compost should ever (heaven forbid) get anaerobic and disgusting. (gross prevention).

Anyway, try never to go there. Remember, keep your pile cool, never hot. Disperse, layer, don't let nitrogen get too deep or compact. And moist not soggy, not dry. Misters are the best.



Beneficial Active Microorganisms...great to add this:


Bedding first                                                  and layer

and later....happy castings harvest.............................and happy garden harvest


A word about mulch

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