David the Good – Compost: The Movie

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edited November 2020 in Home Grown Food Summit 2020

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  • Sheryl
    Sheryl Posts: 11 ✭✭✭

    Question on the worm bucket--the bottom tub collects the worm tea, the top is composting, what was in the middle tub?

  • Ruth Ann Reyes
    Ruth Ann Reyes Posts: 576 admin

    Compost everything! LOVE IT! I don't compost literally everything...but, I try!

  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft Posts: 1,583 admin

    I know David is coming online today - just spoke with him yesterday..

    Hey David, how where did you get that l;ine drawing of yourself??? You might tra a presentation like "gangsta composting"

  • Della
    Della Posts: 1

    wow I wish I would have found this info before I started my composting. The way I have done it so far it is taking to long long to get the compost to use in my garden.

  • mcparker
    mcparker Posts: 2 ✭✭✭

    I tried composting maple leaved in my small yard and the next year my plum tree developed shot hole fungus and it took years to nurture it back to health without using fungicides. What do you suggest about small yard composting to protect other plants? I have kitchen waste composting with worms and I compost most of my winter oxalis in a black bin but limit my maple leaf compost as I’m afraid of other problems that I had in the past. Do you have any suggestions what to do with maple leaves other than removing which I do. Thanks

  • Leza
    Leza Posts: 19

    Can't tell you how many times this movie has come to mind since I last saw it. Still love it, and you reminded me to go dig a hole, through stuff in, and feed a tiny blue spruce, and do the same for neglected cherry bushes that haven't grown in the 8 years I planted them in good soil midst or sandbox of a yard. 😏 You rock, David!!! <>< Thanks so much for these summits, Marjory!!! 😀

  • Leza
    Leza Posts: 19

    *throw*. I hate spell check! Can we compost spell check, too? Especially if you consider it an enemy? 🙄

  • forca
    forca Posts: 4 ✭✭✭

    Here in the North (Yukon) amongst the spruce and pine where the ground is still frozen, where bears roam, composting has been challenging but important as we need to literally grow soil to grow food. Not that easy to dig a hole in the ground. I have tried bokashi to speed up composting but found that bears and dogs easily found the buried treasures. I would be interested in growing comfrey if I could find seeds

  • bohemianjojo2
    bohemianjojo2 Posts: 2 ✭✭✭

    We live in the North East of the U.S. and all our trees are pine and oak. The needles, that I don't keep for tea and the oak leaves are very acidic, so I'm always concerned about putting them in my compost that I use in my vegetable garden. I do pile them on the acid loving shrubs but want to know if anyone can tell me if they are safe in the vegetable compost.

  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft Posts: 1,583 admin
  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft Posts: 1,583 admin

    Hi @Helen I'm trying to find a video I did with Paul Wheaton when I visited with him in Montana. He kept bears away from his bee hives and compost using electric fencing. Actaully it was just some strands of electric fence wire wrapped around some posts that defined the perimeter of the protected area. He would charge a 12 v car battery to power the wires. He kept the batter protected in a small box. But basically one battery charge was sufficient to last the entire spring, summer, and fall. The system doesn't use much current and doesn't drain the battery that much.

    There is nothing more attractive to bears than compost or honey... and it works quite well.

    I'll try to find the video... I'm hoping it actually got produced and is not in some can somewhere :)

  • Karen
    Karen Posts: 14 ✭✭✭

    Great hands on advise and ideas. Made it fun to learn.

  • deti197
    deti197 Posts: 3 ✭✭✭

    I listened to david but could quite catch what he said about the type of sunflower plant he used for his compost. Can anyone help?

  • Ed
    Ed Posts: 2 ✭✭✭

    Maybe not "Your Mom", David's Mom is a treasure.

  • shllnzl
    shllnzl Posts: 1,816 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very good, logical approach to composting. Would not be popular with HOAs and busybody neighbors though, unless you had enough space to carry the "untended forest" image.

    Maybe my natural landscaping style will pay me back with improved soil fertility.

  • silvertipgrizz
    silvertipgrizz Posts: 1,990 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Love his humor and the ease with which he compost. Not too applicable though to us here in the NE. Where rocks and ledge and below freezing temp make most of the stuff he grows or digging pits near impossible or a big deterrent !

  • shelia
    shelia Posts: 2

    Can Chinese tallow be used as a compost similar to sunflowers?

  • Anne
    Anne Posts: 5

    Do you think it would only take 2 months for buried meat, bones, etc. to break down enough to feed plants in a cold climate (Canada)?😜

  • Cherlynn
    Cherlynn Posts: 169 ✭✭✭

    We recently 'turned' & sifted our old compost piles. The two things we found most often that hadn't composted were bones & PEACH PITS! Anyone know how to get those darn pits to break down???

  • shelia
    shelia Posts: 2

    mosquitoes on the water plants before you can compost them. How do you manage the mosquitoes?

    ELISSA Posts: 2

    This was absolutely fabulous. Reminds me of Ruth Stout method. I tried to find a button to get the info you mentioned but every button I hit went directly to amazon, for David’s book. Where is the button?

  • Leanna
    Leanna Posts: 12

    I'd picked up three of David's books already, and I'm really tickled to be able to put a face and voice with the text. Thanks, David!

  • Megan Venturella
    Megan Venturella Posts: 678 ✭✭✭✭

    I love all of his books. LOVE THEM! However it finally occurred to me that I don’t need to compost at all since I have chickens. Duh! Their area is covered in wood chips and I finally realized that beneath the top layer was all compost, and that’s what I’ve been using ever since!

    But I am for sure looking forward to making a melon pit someday.

  • kchiarini
    kchiarini Posts: 66 ✭✭✭

    Wow! I'm not even sure what to say! His practice of composting is way out of the box. Never in a million years would I have thought most of what he suggests to compost to actually compost. And what about the fish emulsion! Surprised his neighbors didn't petition him out of his home! :) I live in the city, so I don't even have room for a tumbler, but I have to say...I really enjoyed this. I did learn that drawing outside the lines is allowed and even encouraged. Thanks, David!

  • kdubiel
    kdubiel Posts: 3 ✭✭✭

    I love your entertaining approach to presenting - Bill Nye's got nuthin' on you - and the information is fascinating.

  • vickeym
    vickeym Posts: 2,019 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow, I can see these methods working well in Florida. Not sure how well they will work in our South Central Alaska climate. I would think it will take much longer here. Even the little fiber pots you can buy that you are supposed to plant and they will decompose and let your plants expand will not compose here in one summer season.

    Any suggestions for far northern climate composting?

  • seeker.nancy - Central Texas
    seeker.nancy - Central Texas Posts: 795 ✭✭✭✭

    No but I did have a volunteer peach tree come up in my raised bed 🤣

  • D
    D Posts: 52 ✭✭

    I could not find button on right to download for copy of David's "Compost" - please help me find this. Thank you. D

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,356 admin
    edited May 2020

    @Helen You can buy comfrey seeds from Richters.com. I am currently waiting to get mine. They indicated that they got mailed out yesterday! I am so excited. :D If the shipping is too great, contact me and I when I get my seeds, I'll see if I can part with any. Maybe @torey would have some seed source suggestions closer to you. Also, read what I say to Marjory about the electric wire below...

    @Marjory Wildcraft A beekeeper here does that successfully. He strings a wire around his gives, and the wire is electrified with a solar panel type fencer. He then hangs a piece of raw bacon on the wire. The bears will make a beeline (haha) for the bacon, touching it, thereby giving it a shock. He says they try it out in spring, then usually leave it alone. He just leaves the bacon hanging from what I understand.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,356 admin
    edited May 2020

    @Anne I am from Manitoba. My parents used to throw dead animals in under the manure pile. It heated so well that they disappeared after a bit. Now, if there were still bones, maybe they could be roasted/boiled outside in something then broken up to be used as bone meal.