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Composting encouraging a healthy lifestyle

The age-old habit of composting continues to grow in popularity.

KATHY MURPHY May 3, 2012 4:33am

I live on a farm, hence I compost. I recently read that manure as a fertiliser helped to make possible the transition between nomadic herders and settled farmers. Composting then came down to us through the Egyptians, the Chinese, the Greeks and the Romans.

James Ruse, Australia’s first self supporting farmer made compost. Organic gardening and farming had its first boom in the 1930s and 40s when a wide spread reaction to farm chemicals developed as a result of depleted fertility.

We live on a rocky hill. My veggie patch was gradually built up with the use of compost. I compost in two holes in the ground in the corner of my veggie patch. Completed compost is being used from one hole whilst waste is breaking down in the other hole. I do layers of covered cow and green waste with a sprinkling of lime. I keep the mixture moist and aerated.

I also have excellent humus made in my worm farm happening in an old twin tub washing machine. The worms work in a moist mixture of manure, cardboard and food waste to produce a rich humus and a valuable liquid fertiliser.

I love my compost. It is a very good friend indeed. It gives me food like my grandparents and parents ate, organic, healthy, fresh and tasty. There is absolutely no waste.

My garden plants and pots have a natural fertiliser. Composting encourages a healthy lifestyle. It takes you into the beautiful challenging world of your garden where you relax, get you hands dirty and get plenty of exercise.

The Benalla Council and Nevrwaste are funding a composting project for Benalla people. It should be presented to the public in April/May 2012.

The project will be advertised and education provided. It will be an opportunity for people to learn about composting in their own community.

I hope people will embrace this opportunity to learn how to work organically with compost.

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