TOPS LANSCAPING FACT SHEET 001

NO DIG COMPOST SYSTEM

1. Collect your dry material, aim for approximately 1 to 1.5 m3. My material is currently very dry, has been an extremely dry summer on our patch.

2. Collect your ameliorants, I choose to use organic chicken manure with high levels of Nitrogen also some lime to balance out acidity and gypsum due to the highly clayey nature of our soil on the block.

3. Obtain 2 bales of Sugar Cane mulch for use in the last step to suppress weed and vermin infestation into the heap and prevent excessive moisture infiltration into the heap during compost curing.

4. Spread black AG pipe, this will allow fluid 5. Start building your heap approximately 0.1 to movement in and around the heap plus allow for 0.15m thick of carbon rich material such as grass air exchange clipping, branches, leaves vegetable scraps etc

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TOPS LANSCAPING FACT SHEET 001

NO DIG COMPOST SYSTEM

6. Spread out a layer of chicken manure over the nitrogen rich material, approximately 2 to 3 spade fulls of material evenly spread

7. If you have clay rich soil ameliorate your compost with a couple of handfuls of gypsum, this will assist with clay breakdown when compost is applied to your patch post curing

8. To balance out the PH of your heap due to acid release and generation during the curing period I add a handful or 2 of garden lime to each layer, this should reduce odour generation, enhance worm and beneficial micro-organism infiltration of the completed heap.

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TOPS LANSCAPING FACT SHEET 001

NO DIG COMPOST SYSTEM

9. 1st layer completed.

10. Lay out your ag pipe at the top of the 1st layer.

11. Water the 1st layer thoroughly, you can use bucket, a hose or as I have done above utilise an oscillating sprinkler to ensure equal and thorough wetting down.

12. Repeat steps 1 to 11 util you have built your heap up to approximately 1m tall, this will facilitate effective heat generation, efficient and rapid composting and destruction of weed seeds

13. All of your build material is now utilised

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TOPS LANSCAPING FACT SHEET 001

NO DIG COMPOST SYSTEM

14. Cover your completed compost heap with a weed seed free material. I choose to utilise organic sugar cane mulch at approximately 0.10m thick however shredded newspaper, leaves, carpet etc will be equally effective. This should act to reduce any odour and limit vermin and fly infiltration of the curing heap. Post curing this material can be re-used as mulch or added to you next compost heap as a starter

15. Do a final water in by inserting a hose into the ag pipe and watering for approximately 10 minutes. One of the benefits of this system is that you can add more water to the curing heap on a weekly basis to maximise organic breakdown. The other benefit is it is no dig. Between the Ag Pipe and compost worm activity the heap should be sufficiently aerated to ensure aerobic organic breakdown

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