Simple Hole in the Ground Composting

It is spring. When spring arrives we all get the urge to do something outside. I know it’s way to early temperature wise to add to the compost pile and get any results. My compost pile, just isn’t that big.

I thought I would try something different Which I have been doing for about five weeks now. Compost holes. If you have ever been out camping decades ago, this was a common way of disposing of compostable material and if true wilderness, human waste. You simply dug a hole and buried it.

I’m sure as busy as many places are today, this is no longer done. Camping spots are more like mobile home parks than they are the remote locations they once were. However the idea is still the same. I have dug to date, five two gallon holes, one at a time. I add my gallon, more or less, of compostable material to the holes and cover it what I dug out minus the rocks.

I am curious to see if over the summer anything volunteers to grow in these spots. I marked them with a twig standing upright. With a little rain the material should break down and any volunteer seeds should have more fertile soil than other places. Of course weeds always lead the way, but they are compost for the next hole, or the compost pile when the temperature goes up beyond eighty.

Nothing more to add to this right now. Putting it out there for anyone who doesn’t have a compost pile, yet wants to compost. This is the simplest way to add to the soil. A ten or twelve inch hole, add your compost material and replace the soil.

Pot Composting Final Steps

This is the last and final post for my little series about home small Pot Composting which started with Pot Composting Made Simpler and Easier. All that is left is to write out the final step to help the compost mix compost. This is a simple step, and open to any modification you think will work for your composting process.

When I have filled a pot and I am ready to start filling the next empty pot, I add some liquids to the compost in the making. First, I take a long handled plastic spoon and starting at the center push the handle down and out so it ends up on the bottom and edge of the pot.

Use a long handled spoon to help with your pot composting

Use a long handled spoon to help with your pot composting

I make five or six of these airways. The number you may want to make will depend on the size of your pot. I decided the airways created by the spoon handle allow the liquid I add to mix into the compost and provide a little air into the mix.

The amount of liquid you will make depends on how damp your compost is. My compost by default is very dry. I make about two cups of liquid. Remember, the bottom of the pot has a drain hole, so any excess liquid will drain into the pot below.

Use the spoon handle to make airways down to the base of the pot

Use the spoon handle to make airways down to the base of the pot

As I am not sure how balanced the proportions are, though it should not matter. I mix the following ingredients together:

1 1/2 cup warm water

1 teaspoon UN-sulfured molasses

1 teaspoon Brag Apple Cider Vinegar. The type with the mother in it.

1 teaspoon Miracle Grow powder.

I stir the liquid well. You will tell when it is mixed enough if you use the spoon with the molasses on it to stir with. Once the spoon is clean you mix is all ready.

Slowly pour the liquid over the compost material starting from the center and working out.

Once you are done, cover the pot with the next empty compost pot.

So far my little pots of compost are breaking down very fast compared to throwing it all in a large bin. Because the pieces are small, the liquid feeds whatever microbes are active, and the miracle grow helps break down the brown, the process is working well.

Let me know how this works for you and any changes you make for your home composting?