Small batch fruit and vegetable compost.

Discussion in 'Organics' started by Tom Tucker 313, Jan 6, 2018.

    Tom Tucker 313

    Tom Tucker 313 Active Member

    I've got a 5 gallon bucket containing the following:

    Banana peels
    Egg shells
    Feather meal
    Fish scraps
    Worm castings
    Coffee grounds
    Parsley leaves
    Tea leaves
    Liquid Fulvic Acid
    Orange peels
    Lemon peels
    Pumpkin skin
    Bacillus and trichoderma

    Should i seal it completely or should i open it periodically to give it oxygen? I plan to compost for 5 months in this bucket. From January to late May when ill use it in my soil mix.

    AnimalMother1974 Active Member

    needs oxygen

    dubekoms Well-Known Member

    Are there any carbon inputs? I feel like that mix is way to hot and will create an anaerobic mess. You want at least a cubic yard of material of material to get a good compost going.
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    DonTesla Well-Known Member

    Unless you're making a ferment, I would agree.

    Although that is plenty enough to start a worm farm also..
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    ShLUbY Well-Known Member

    that's what i was thinking too. worm farm!

    small batch composting is hard to do. especially in a bucket which does not breath properly for a proper aerobic compost.

    also, i have been drying my materials that i don't have room for in my worm bin like: banana peels, coffee grounds, any green material (tea leaves, cannabis leaves etc.), egg shells (be sure to mortar and pestle them), shredded potato and whatever other skins. pretty much anything

    you can find the NPK of these ingredients and then use them as a topdressing for plants rather than having to compost them. then you can store them dried (separately), and use them as necessary. they're just as effective cause they'll break down just as any amendment would right in the soil. (i mix my topdressings with some compost and just topdress that mixture, mulch, and water in).
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    Tom Tucker 313

    Tom Tucker 313 Active Member

    I considered the worm castings to be carbon

    ShLUbY Well-Known Member

    i don't think it's going to do what say a pile of leaves, or bail of straw, etc would actually do for composting. you're better off using the castings for your grow and not for composting. A small amount is good for inoculating organisms into your pile, but beyond that, i'd say it's not worth it
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    MustangStudFarm Well-Known Member

    The sealed bucket is for Bokashi, don't get them mixed up. Compost=aerobic & Bokashi=anaerobic... You could bokashi the stuff that does not go in the worm bin or compost like the citrus peels. I have been testing my soil and potassium toxicity is a reoccurring problem with my compost, just a thought...
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    MustangStudFarm Well-Known Member

    Oh, you will def want to bokashi the fish!!! I think that the Japanese developed this method because they do use a lot of fish... Here is a cool article, I am sure that you could make one big bokashi bucket and include fish along other food wastes.
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