For a couple of hours on Saturday morning, a team of Bally’s Patch-ers made our first hot compost, and as Malcolm, our compost coordinator put it: “It’s going to be a good brew!”.
You will now see a large pile of mixed green and brown ingredients (grass clippings, straw, shredded paper, dried leaves, all topped with diluted molasses) working its magic to become rich crumbly hummus. We will add to this with further green and brown ingredients in two weeks (date/time TBC), before leaving it to cook for a few weeks more.
We also gathered all of the existing mixed compost and put it into the black compost bins ready for more compost cooking.
Finally, the weed tea was strained and some was used to feed the hungry blueberries, strawberries and climbing beans, with 6L left for future use! Interested in making weed tea at home? (It’s free fertiliser) then follow this:
Weed Tea 101
- Weed the garden
- Put the weeds in a bucket and drown them with water
- Cover and leave for 4-6 weeks
- Open the lid and you should have a thick brown sludgy muck
- Strain the sludge and gunk and add it to your compost, along with the drowned weeds
- You are left with concentrated fertiliser! To use, dilute it one part fertiliser to ten parts water.
For more info, follow this link to ABC Gardening Australia’s Weed Tea Fact Sheet.