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Duncan Crow

Following the research on BRF or bois raméal fragmenté, AKA in English shredded ramial wood chips, I am composting shredded Red Alder ramial wood, leaves and all for extra nitrogen/green, then digging it in after about 5 months to quickly make dirt out of our very poor acidic red mineral soil; also laying it down on the surface as a mulch but under plastic on my raised beds. I need less rain and more heat at the roots for the squashes and tomatoes, and under the plastic the shredded Alder rots very quickly. One bin is 4 feet cubed and the other 6 x 4 feet, so it's not a lot, but I can use it quickly and get 2 batches out per year.

My kitchen waste goes to the garbage dump where the regional district mixes it with sewage sludge and so on to compost it. Compost from this pile is not for sale. I don't want pesticide residue or long-lived PCB's in my garden so I'll keep making fresh, untainted forest soil from scratch.

   
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julialinsk
I use trash cans and it works well. I use 2 one metal and one plastic. I thought metal might be faster to retain the heat but both work. Just keep it in a sunny spot.
   
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julialinsk
I compost and use coffee grounds and crumbled egg shells and epsom salt as well
   

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