Growing Great Compost. A workshop for those of you wishing to reconnect to the natural world and those of you wanting to ensure your daily actions contribute to a regenerative process for life on earth.
Includes over 2 hours in videos, the Koanga Composting Booklet, and a generous database with design plans and all the references needed to enable you to make compost capable of growing soil, nutrient-dense food, and reversing climate change.
Episode 1 – Introduction
- Hear Kay’s compost story, failures and success.
- Learn about why bought fertiliser is not a sustainable or regenerative option for medium term or long term.
- Learn about Koanga’s goals for composting.
- Learn how humus slowly builds naturally in the forest at air temperature.
- Learn how to speed up our soil building potential by making compost and working with heat.
- Understand the ‘laws of nature’’ (principles of science) around making successful compost.
- Understand why metabolic and structural carbon make up 90% of the volume of a Koanga Best Practice compost heap and what the characteristics of these carbon forms are.
- Learn how different carbon forms affect our compost making process.
- Understand why making a compost heap with material that comes from your own garden will almost inevitably be recycling deficiencies, and why that does not build soil.
- Learn why it is critical to add minerals if we wish to grow soil and nutrient dense food.
- Understand which minerals are missing in most NZ soils and where to find them
Episode 2 – Koanga’s Heap
- Watch the Koanga Garden Crew make a heap in the Thorny Croft seed garden, using the principles you learned in the first episode.
- See how we build a heap from beginning to end using Environmental Fertilisers minerals as our added minerals to build soil and high BRIX seeds.
- See the quantities of minerals added for this size compost heap.
- Understand that building amazing compost is something anyone can do.
Episode 3 – The Design Process
- Know the appropriate amount of compost to apply to your garden beds.
- Understand how compost made with different ratios of Nitrogen and Carbon affect the quantity of humus produced.
- Learn the difference in quality and quantity of production made possible with different Carbon and Nitrogen ratios.
- Learn to design your gardens to ensure you are able to produce the amount of compost you require to be building soil and growing high quality vegetables.
- Learn what compost crops are and how much carbon is in the various crops so that you can make informed choices.
- Learn about how big your garden needs to be in order to produce enough carbon for your compost to be building your garden soil.
- Learn what to do if you have a small garden that is not big enough to produce all the carbon you need to make a minimum size compost heap.
Episode 4 – Materials
- Watch Bob and Kay collecting and making the ingredients for a compost heap on their house site using only locally sourced materials to provide the minerals required.
- Learn how each input is chosen and what it will offer to the compost heap, and what other options might be.
- Inputs include bone and shell ash, biochar, seaweed, clay, comfrey, alfalfa, and carbon from the garden including corn, chia and buckwheat.
Episode 5 – Kay’s Compost
- Watch Kay and Vitor making a compost heap using the above inputs in Kay’s garden (including large corn stalks) with no chopping or machinery involved.
- Receive lots of confidence and reinforcement that we can all do this easily in our own gardens and get excellent results if we follow the principles learned in Ep. 1
Episode 6 – Observation
- Learn the importance of building a relationship with your living alchemical compost heap and how to do that, using all of your senses…. Observation skills.
- Understand the usefulness of recording information about your compost heap using the form provided in the database.
- Reinforce that achieving our compost goals is dependant on following the pattern language described in Ep. 1
- Learn ways to manage your compost to a successful end result and what to do if you end up with an anaerobic heap, or a heap that gets too hot.
- Understand the three stage that a compost heap goes trough.
- Learn how to regulate the moisture levels in your heap
- Understand what happens if the compost heap heats up too much or if it doesnt heat up at all
Episode 7 – Chicken Compost
- Learn that there are other ways of making compost but that the ‘laws of nature’ around building humus still hold
- In this episode you will watch Kay creating a situation for her chickens to make compost in the chicken house
- Learn the key things to keep in mind to ensure this method is capable of being useful in the garden or forest garden
Who this course is for: