|Pigs sleeping in compost - note the piglet on top the pile|
Turning compost is a chore I love doping, but during this period of short days I need a hand. I've been investigating different ways to make compost over the past months after I was asked to do a workshop for the City Farm on composting.
I've noticed that the Berekely Method of composting has it's draw backs in a cold climate. Do what you might it is difficult to keep it hot enough in the -8 mornings. I've tried covering in plastic and tarps - even a slab curing blanket, but nothing kept the heat going. I also noticed I was using a lot of water, the constant westerly winds keep drying the compost out, I started to worry about leeching nutrients from the pile because of the amount of water I was putting on.
So, after a lot of research I decided to give the biodynamic method a go and it's working really well. I have introduced the pigs into the system to turn the compost every other day. They love it, I just move them from one heap to another - it also keeps them warm at night - one of those permaculture win/wins. So no more hour long session turning compost every other night , just move a few pigs from one spot to another at feed time.
Now I have time to weed between the onions I planted at solstice, lucky me;)