Video: How To Make Compost (Milkwood)

Another great video series from [Milkwood](, this one explaining how to make compost without too much effort.

Don’t these videos have great music? I also really like the way they use the “Benny Hill effect” of speeding up the video, so you get a good idea of what they’re doing without needing to sit around and watch someone turn a whole pile of compost. Nice opening and closing credits too.

The web pages for each of these videos are worth visiting, as they have a lot of useful info:

[How To Make Compost Part I](—pt.1.html)

[How To Make Compost Part II](—pt.2.html)

[How To Make Compost Part III](—pt.3.html)

##The Videos

###Making Compost – Part I
– analyse your compost components using the [Milkwood Compost Calculator]( to make sure you have the C:N ratio right
– if you get the C:N ratio wrong, your pile will either fester and go rank (too much nitrogen) or take too long to break down (too much carbon)
– need at least a cubic metre of stuff for the compost pile to work properly
– water the site of your pile before starting
– layer your ingredients like a lasagne to make sure things are nicely mixed
– water each layer as you go: the bacteria and fungi need water to do their thing
– cover with a tarp – stops it drying out, getting too wet, blowing away, etc

###Making Compost – Part II
– turning the compost pile
– squeeze a handful of your compost – you should get one drop out of it – water it if it’s too dry
– peel the outside of the compost pile to make the beginnings of the new pile, then dump the inside of the old pile onto the outside of the new pile
– mental note – next time, shred paper rather than leaving it whole!
– white powdery stuff is anaerobic bacteria, which is not really desirable – just keep turning and watering and it’ll sort itself out
– the pile should reach about 60 degrees Celcius around the 4th day, then cool down a bit more with each turning until it’s just warm by the time the compost is ready
– urine is a good compost activator if your pile is slow to heat up!

###Making Compost – Part III
– this compost method is called the Berkley Method – it’s fast and easy
– ended up with nice dark compost – a little more sticks and lumpy bits than she’d like, but still pretty good
– wow, in January Kirsten was planning to starting a new compost pile every week!