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Making Biochar using Dry Mulch (video)

Subtitles:

  • Making Biochar using dry mulch
  • Mulch is loaded into an old beer keg
Home-scale double-barrel top-lit-up-draft biochar retort stove!

Biochar Retort

“Biochar can be made cleanly and effectively on a home-scale, using a biochar retort.”

Biochar is a desirable material for anyone looking to improve their soil. Buried, it acts as a water retainer, nutrient trapper, and home for beneficial bacteria and plant roots, and it continues to support life and fertility for thousands of years! On a home-scale, biochar can be made from waste wood or mulch, using a biochar retort.

Benefits:

  • Produces biochar – a permanent soil amendment
  • Burns clean and hot
  • Can be used for heating or cooking
  • Can be fuelled with waste materials

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 Integration

A fruit tree can do more than just grow fruit!

A fruit tree can do more than just grow fruit!

Design for My Biogas Digester

Biogas Digester

“Biogas is the perfect solution to modern sustainable cooking.”

Biogas is a mixture of gasses that are produced as anaerobic bacteria break down organic matter. It is flammable, capable of producing a clean flame for cooking and heating, and it can be derived from as simple a feedstock as your kitchen rinse water.

A biogas digester is a container holding water and bacteria, which can be ‘fed’ organic matter to be broken down, and which collects the resultant biogas, to be tapped off either to a collector for storage, or directly for burning.

Benefits:

  • Creates flammable gas
  • Creates fertiliser
  • Runs on kitchen rinse water
  • Safe and Clean

Inside a Worm Trough - Food is always added to one side

Worm Troughs

“Create masses of worm castings, and breed up masses of worms, with a worm trough!”

A worm trough is a large and long container which allows for a different system of feeding to a worm farm. Worm troughs can breed up a large population of worms who can process a large amount of material. A properly managed worm trough will allow you to access fresh castings any time, and to feed the worms just as easily as with any worm farm.

Benefits:

  • Creates lots of fertiliser
  • Breeds an abundance of worms
  • Easy to manage
  • Cheap to make

Earthworms chillin' in some compost

Encouraging Earthworms

“Earthworms are a gardener’s best friend!”

Earthworms burrow through your soil, digesting organic materials, creating tunnels for air and water to percolate through, and distribute their castings as rich ready fertiliser for your plants. Encouraging them in your garden is important, and it’s easy to do.

Benefits:

  • Aerate soil
  • Break down scraps
  • Create fertiliser
  • Distribute moisture

A cardboard bulk box makes a perfect compost bin!

Cardboard Compost Bins

 

“Get composting quick, easy and free with a cardboard compost bin!”

Cardboard bulk boxes are used by people dealing with bulk fruits and vegetables. They are made of extra thick cardboard, and are a perfect size for composting in. They can withstand weather, and eventually can be composted themselves.

Benefits:

  • Instant compost bin
  • Withstands weather
  • Can be composted
  • Free!
4 types of compost bins. Which type suits your need?

How to Compost

“Turn waste into fertiliser and save the planet, by composting!”

Composting is the breaking down of organic matter, in a controlled environment, into humus, which is rich organic fertiliser (the same kind that takes years to build up in forest systems!). Composting at home is easy, and it can turn waste from your kitchen and your yard, into enough fertiliser to grow all the food you need.

Benefits:

  • Saves the planet!
  • Saves water
  • Recycles waste
  • Creates organic fertiliser
compost tumbler

Tumbler Composting

Make composting waterwise, quick, and easy, with a compost tumbler!

Composting using tumblers is far easier than traditional pile-building techniques, and can be done entirely separately, or in conjunction with pile-building to make large amounts of compost.

Benefits:

  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Tidy
  • Waterwise
Humanure - Pallet-Style Bin Half-Full_50

Human Waste Composting

Turn your turds into tomatoes, with a human waste composting operation!

Each time you flush your toilet, a huge amount of nutrients is lost, along with fresh drinking water, only to become pollution for precious natural waterways. You can avoid all of this by managing an effective human waste composting operation, and the end product is a rich and safe fertilizer for the plants in your garden.

Benefits:

  • Creates fertilizer
  • Saves nutrients
  • Saves water
  • Saves the world!