My Hot Composting Pallet System – Compost in 18 days. Mix greens (Nitrogen – fresh Green vegetation or animal manure) and browns (Carbon – Brown leaves, wood shavings / chips). One layer of greens then add a layer of browns, water then repeat until its 4 feet high. let sit for 2 days and it should be at 140F temperature or above then turn it every other day. Turn as is demonstrated in the video. Be very careful and take temperature measurements with a long compost thermometer everyday. If it gets above 150 degrees, turn it. If it gets much hotter it could go anaerobic and start to produce alcohols and then burst into flames with a fire that can not be put out with water. Please be very careful.
My backyard Hugelkultur garden: What if I told you, that you can make a garden that never needs to be watered for 20 years? Well this is it. You bury logs underneath your garden and the wood acts like a sponge and soaks up the water when it rains and stays moist until the next rain. This slowly breaks down over 20 years and then you have some amazing soil. The first year is not supposed to be so great as the wood (carbon) steals nitrogen (plant food) from the plants in an effort to compost itself. I had a great first season but I cheated with Aquaponics water (check out my backyard aquaponics). When it rains, my nearby Aquaponics system overflows into a ditch which leads to my Hugelkultur. read more