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Yes, is the short answer.
Some years, eg last, I couldnt start my 'bean trench' for this yrs' crop until the next Spring. Ok, not all the vegetable waste that I'd used had completely rotted down, but by the time I dismantled the wigwam in late summer- very bad yr for growing for me- no sign of the trench filling remained & the soil was in good condition.
I now try & adopt the trench policy to improve any new bed that I start, which is usually from removing more of the lawn! J.
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I use Bokashi for my kitchen waste. Can I use the contents of my filled bin in the composting trench?
Had to look to see what a Bokashi is-it seems to transform all waste including cooked food scraps into compost
Providing it has done that than yes-I would be wary about throwing uncomposted food waste into an open trench-rats etc will love it.
my husband does a trench each year in a different spot ,this not only helps to spread the compost to each part of the veg patch but rotation prevents the spread of diseases.
Hello gardener, composting trench is a very effective practice-the best to utilize kitchen food, leaves etc.for enrich the soil. Your wastes have half a year to rot. Then worms and microbes can populate the soil. Organic wastes are not compost. Only when they are rotting, the plant roots can split up the nutrients. In our region we have a very poor soil. Therefore, we apply a similar principle. We call it Bokashi. Because we have no seasons we can't wait until a usable compost is created.For the faster nutrient availability, we use EM, living microorganisms. The EMs ferment organic substances in approximately 1-2 weeks. Thus, you have a revaluated organic compost available throughout the year.I have friends in the UK, Australia and United States, which also use this method.Maybe for you also a consideration.For a little more information please look here:The Easy Bokashi .
Best organic greatings, ThaiGer.
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A couple of questions:
- If you put potato peelings in a trench like this won't they sprout?
- Can you grow other crops like lettuce or spring onions using this system or would it be too rich?
Looking at the pic again I think they're probably parsnip peelings. (Eyesight is going ). Peas and sweet peas are a good idea. No point runner beans as nobody likes them except me!
I think you can put in botato peelings,certainly small large, cut it thin and short.On the pic also I can see some large waste, if cut smaller and thin you have faster a usable basic compost.I think so.Best organic greetings, ThhaiGer
No. It works for bean trenches, as you throw the stuff in through the winter and plant beans in may./june. If you are planting roses, or fruit trees you need to do it in the next three months, and I would sprinkle bonemeal in the soil used to back fill the hole.
The badgers keep digging up my veg beds and rats have moved into the compost heap. Any ideas to cope with this?
Not sure what the badgers are looking for - worms and grubs probably - not sure what you can do about that other than electric fencing which is what I would try.
As for the rats, don't put any potatoes or potato peelings in your compost heap - my brother is a potato farmer and says that rats will gnaw through concrete to get at potatoes - their favourite food. Also, rats like warm dry places - keep your compost damp and regularly turned and stirred to aerate it - it will disturb the rats and drive them away to look for somewhere quieter, and it will produce better compost.
The other deterrent for rats is to simply make them aware that you are frequently about. Hit the compost heap with a stick, walk past several times. My bins are just next to where I park the car so any rat would be often disturbed. I do 'compost master' events and all the people this summer who said that they had rats in their compost seemed to keep chickens. A couple of compost bins may be the answer, with a very sturdy metal grid underneath so necessary bugs etc. can get in but the rats can't.