How To Compost Sprouts To Reclaim Topsoil With A Compost Barrel

June 12, 2009 by  
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These Brown Dried Out Sprouts Are Better For Composting

These Brown Dried Out Sprouts Are Better For Composting

Learning how to compost sprouts to reclaim topsoil in your garden is easy as long as you get the basics down.  After you harvest greens and sprouts at home in soil you will be left with a mat of roots and short stems that can be recycled to make new soil.  Brown tailed sprouts that are old are dried out can be recycled to make new soil for planting in a few weeks.  Composting is nature’s way of building and maintaining the fertility of the soil.  It is basically a mixture of soil and plant residue that is decomposed to create a rich humus by the action of worms, microorganisms and enzymes in the soil.

To start your home composting system you will need two empty barrels with lids.  Drill holes spaced at two inch intervals all around each barrel, including a few in the bottom.  Place a shallow container underneath each barrel to serve as a drainage tray.  You can place a couple of bricks underneath the barrels to allow air circulation underneath.  Place your unwanted greens and mats in a layer at the bottom of the barrel.  On top of this layer spread vegetable scraps or pulp from your juicer.  Then place some worms and cover them with another layer of broken up mats.

Tip: Avoid using fruit scraps as they can cause excessive leakage in your compost barrel.  Store your vegetable scraps and pulp in a sealed container until you have enough mats to cover them.  Also mix in a handful of lime per barrel to keep the soil slightly alkaline.  Repeat this layer technique without anymore worms until the barrel is full.

When the compost barrel is full, the decomposition of the mats and vegetable matter intensifies.  As long as the barrels are in a warm placfe, but out of direct sunlighy, the compost will develop into a rich soil, ready for use in 2-3 months.  If you want to use your compost sooner, in 1-2 months remove the lid every week and sit up the contents of the barrel with a shovel.  This will expose the contents to more exygen and speed up the rate of decomposition.

If the soil is crumbly, dark and without any trace of bad odor or scraps it is ready for use! Now that you know how to compost sprouts, try it at home!

The information from this article was referenced from The Sprouting Book by Ann Wigmore.