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Techniques to Make Compost

Today, the composting techniques are just as many as the methods of farming. Here are some composting methods that have stood the test of time.

  • Sheet CompostingGREEN PARENTHOOD 2010 Making Compost at Home

The technique is also known as sheet mulching. It is a good way to put organic matter back into the soil. It involves spreading thin layers of the compost ingredients on the soil surface top. Sheet composting is often employed on a large scale, but you can also do it in your backyard.

  • In-vessel Composting

It is a technique that has become very popular among large-scale producers. It entails composting in a containment system that is enclosed. Most times it is usually a large container that has a cylinder shape. The equipment for this technique is expensive, and it may sometimes limit small sized gardeners. There are smaller vessels that they can use, but they are also pricey. In-vessel composting has benefits in that it has a higher processing speed and you can compost throughout the year in an environment that is highly controlled.

  • Biodynamic Composting

You can employ this technique in both big and small gardens. It is very specific with regards to the compost pile’s shape, the materials to use and the pattern of layering. One major difference between biodynamic composting and other techniques is the preps the technique employs. It uses plant-based additives that are created in a very particular way by highly trained people. The preparations generate compost that is superior to any other.


  • Anaerobic Composting

It portrays the biological breakdown of living materials by organic anaerobic organisms. Although it is not the most odor friendly method, it is very effective. One benefit of this technique is that it generates more humus in each unit of starting material than any other composting method.

  • Trench Compostingtrench-comp_2

Just like anaerobic composting, the decomposition method in this technique is simple although the breakdown of the materials may take longer in comparison to other techniques.

  • Bokashi Composting

The composting involves making compost through fermentation. To get optimal results, you inoculate the compost materials with a microbial starter culture and place it inside a container that is sealed. You can know more about what this technique involves at the Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute. The advantage that this technique has been that it generates rich humus in eight weeks.

  • Hot Composting

Also known as dynamic composting, the method is often used by commercial operators. However, there are also some backyard gardeners who use hot composting but it entails too much labor. The benefit is that the composting time has a fast turnaround period.