Composting Techniques - Compost Honey Hole
A compost "Honey Hole" is simply raw compost materials, that are buried
underneath the spot where you will grow plants. You can also bury partial,
or fully decomposed materials.
The concept of a compost honey hole is simple: Bury a mixture of compost
where you will place a plant(s). You can add manure to this nutrient rich
mixture, too. As the plant's roots grow in search of moisture and nutrients,
it reaches down to the rich compost and manure, fueling the plants growth.
Note: If you use raw compost, bury it in the fall, or early in the
spring. It will decompose underground, and be ready to feed your plants,
when the roots reach the material.
Using this composting technique attracts earthworms. The earthworms will
go to work, feeding on the materials buried in the honey hole. They will
leave behind, rich worm castings. Also see:
How to Make a Compost Honey Hole:
Dig a hole in the garden about two feet deep. Burying compost is best done
in the Fall. Bury raw, un-decomposed compost materials. You can add manure
too. Put compostable materials into the hole in layers. Include layers of
garden soil. The top layer should be 3-6 inches of garden soil. Do not compact
down the hole.
To mix or not to mix- If you use the layered approach above, mixing
the materials is not necessary. If you feel better about mixing the materials
first, go ahead and give it a few turns. There is no right or wrong way to
mix materials. A pitchfork is helpful, to turn and mix materials.
The finished Honey Hole should be slightly mounded. The materials will settle
over time. This also allows excess water to drain away.
The decomposition process gradually takes place over the winter months. Your
garden is ready to plant over the compost, as soon as spring arrives.
If you bury compost in the spring, the materials should be partially, or
See What to Compost
Raised bed gardeners use this method. After the plants have died off in the
Fall, empty the raised bed to 1-2 feet below the level of the garden soil.
It is then re-filled with raw compost materials. Cover the final 3 to 6 inches,
with fine garden soil. Over the long winter months, it decomposes, and is
ready for your plants in the spring.
Raised Bed Garden Soil.
Compost Honey Trench
Bed Garden Soil - it's a similar concept.
Raised Bed Garden Frames: Plastic raised bed frames, in a variety
of sizes. They can be single deep (5 1/4" high), or extra deep(10 1/2" high),
using one or two plastic timbers. Extra deep models, are by far the most
popular. The extra height makes it easier to work and harvest your plants.
Compost Tumblers quickly make the very best dirt.