Dealing w/ Pest
The area should be approximately 2.5 meters
long by 1.5 meters wide. Dig to a depth of 1.5 - 2.5
meters and enclose three sides with wood to a height of 1
meter. Leave the front side open to make the compost put
accessible to the gardener. Everyday, put all fallen
leaves, lawn mowing, hedge cuttings and plant clippings,
wilted flowers, overripe fruits and kitchen refuse such as
fruit peels and vegetables leaves into the compost pit.
When the pit has reached ground level and has settled a bit,
sprinkle freely with ammonium sulphate, about a handful per
square meter. Top this with another 15cm of garden and
kitchen refuse and soak the whole pit thoroughly with water.
Sprinkle the top with lime or calcium carbonate. Repeat
layering with another 15cm. Layer of of organic rubbish,
and sprinkle ammonium sulphate, then add another 15cm layer of
organic waste soaked with water, follow with a dusting of
calcium carbonate, another 15cm, layer of kitchen and
vegetable refuse, and so on.
Build up the compost pit with this layering
procedure, remembering to apply calcium carbonate or lime only
after watering so that the lime won't come into contact with
the ammonium sulphate. If you have no ammonium sulphate,
you can use chicken manure, which is also a very good nitrogen
activator of decomposition, but you must cover it with a thin
layer of soil to avoid flies hovering ocer the compost pit.
If the pit is being built in wet weather,
nothing more need be done but if we want faster results, we
can turn the pit when it is 1 meter high after 1 month.
We turn the pit from top to bottom and rebuild it.
The fastest and best way to do this would
be to prepare another pit next to the old one and transfer the
half decomposed compost material into the new pit. In
another month, the new pit shall have fully decomposed compost
for your gardening use and you will still have a reserve
compost pit with more compost building up in the old pit.
It will take about 2 1/2 to 3 months to have decomposed refuse
ready to be used as compost.
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