The days of throwing everything organic in the compost are over, here at the Manor. It's way too slow to work that way. I seem to have evolved a system after spending a crazy amount of time reading up.
Kitchen scraps get blended up and go into the worm farm. Junk mail and papers are wetted and placed on top of the worms to keep a moisture barrier (and the worms eat it as well).
Worm castings will go straight onto the garden. Worm juice goes into the compost tea.
When cleaning the filters on the aquaponics pumps, everything dirty goes into the compost tea.
Compost tea gets watered down and goes on the garden.
Lawn clippings (and as a result fallen leaves as well) go into the chook yard. After a few weeks, that gets collected (poop and all) and goes into the compost bins.
Coffee grounds go directly into the compost bins.
Cheap or free manure goes into the compost bins.
Weeds - well, actually with raised beds, you don't seem to get weeds. The ones in the lawn get eaten by the chooks. Off-cut leaves from plants etc go in the compost bins.
I'm also playing around (unsucessfully) with growing mushrooms. The left over material will go into the compost bins as well, or straight onto the gardens.
If it sounds technical, it's really not. You get into a kind of rhythem.
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