Composting Methods

By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI

There are a variety of methods of composting for those who are interested in delving more into the science of soil. Perhaps you’d like to try hot or cool composting. 

Hot composting is the process of quickly breaking down organic matter by using the heat generated by bacteria in the decomposing process. This method requires regular temperature monitoring, watering and turning of the pile, and mixing an even amount of carbon “browns” and nitrogen “greens”. The recommended temperature for the hot compost pile is between 135 and 145 degrees. This is maintained through proper aeration techniques and via the decomposers. This method kills weeds and seeds and produces a larger amount of compost material which can be ready to use in 2 to 6 months. 

Cool composting methods use little or no heat reaction and are more laid-back as far as maintenance goes. The compost pile is turned less often, and there’s no need to worry about the temperature. However, the compost can take longer to be ready. In-situ (in place) composting consists of placing the organic material directly into the garden. Dig a hole about 12 inches deep to discourage animals from helping themselves to a free meal, add organic material, and then bury it. Move around the garden to equally disperse the compost.  

            If you don’t have the opportunity to create your own compost, Bloch’s Farm sells Purple Cow Activated Compost, which contains essential plant nutrients, minerals, and microbes. It is manure free, natural and organic. 

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