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Re: Composting

Post by StroppyChops » Mon May 19, 2014 9:37 pm

Username Taken wrote:A few drops in a liter or water and the plants are happier than they've ever been! :good:
Nice. Sounds like Seasol, a seaweed concentrate.
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Re: Composting

Post by Username Taken » Mon May 19, 2014 9:54 pm

StroppyChops wrote:
Username Taken wrote:A few drops in a liter or water and the plants are happier than they've ever been! :good:
Nice. Sounds like Seasol, a seaweed concentrate.
Similar colour and texture to Maxicrop. :thumb:
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Re: Composting

Post by StroppyChops » Mon May 19, 2014 10:07 pm

I used to make a similar 'soup' with cow pats and water in a sealed bucket (for mosquito control), brilliant tonic for tomatoes.
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Re: Composting

Post by MoodyMonkey » Tue May 20, 2014 10:14 pm

I reckon a closed in worm farm is the way to go for food scraps. Rats can't get in, and waste is processed faster. Then you can put it on your compost pile, or use it directly.

If you just make a heap of grass clippings, leaves, crap and kitchen scraps, its not a compost pile, its a potential midden.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midden

Which could actually be interesting to somebody someday.
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Re: Composting

Post by giblet » Wed May 21, 2014 1:44 pm

I'll try and include some crockery and relics for future archaeologists!
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Re: Composting

Post by minjita » Thu May 22, 2014 5:01 pm

Has anyone got a bit of land near fresh water and fancies trying to make coconut coir/peat,coconuts are plentiful in the Kingdom.things like tomatoes can be grow in pots ect,the benefits are proven the aim would be for villagers to grow produce they could sell at market and provide work and a bit of income.I would be wiling to pay for seeds as an experiment.
This is not a money making scheme so no profit is intended.I am not in cambodia permanently so I would not be hands on. Any thoughts? :please:
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Re: Composting

Post by StroppyChops » Thu May 22, 2014 5:06 pm

minjita wrote:... the aim would be for villagers to grow produce they could sell at market and provide work and a bit of income.
Respectfully, have you spent any time in a local market? The locals seem to be doing an exceptional job of this already.
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Re: Composting

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minjita wrote:Has anyone got a bit of land near fresh water and fancies trying to make coconut coir/peat,coconuts are plentiful in the Kingdom.things like tomatoes can be grow in pots ect,the benefits are proven the aim would be for villagers to grow produce they could sell at market and provide work and a bit of income.I would be wiling to pay for seeds as an experiment.
This is not a money making scheme so no profit is intended.I am not in cambodia permanently so I would not be hands on. Any thoughts? :please:
Um, coconut seeds? Is that right? You'll pay for the coconut seeds?

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Re: Composting

Post by minjita » Fri May 23, 2014 3:13 am

Sorry guys did not explain myself very well,I saw this peat being used very successfully in India and looked it up on youtube. I have been out in the sticks in cambodia and I thought this could work as a school project.if it were to works then they could buy school books ect,some kids don't go to school as they can't afford it. The seeds I was referring to we're pumpkin, cucumber tomatoes or whatever.
Cambodia has a similar climate to parts of India and Sri Lanka so no reason why not. I am in the uk and Thailand a lot that's why I would not be hands on.thanks for your time.
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Re: Composting

Post by frank lee bent » Wed May 28, 2014 2:06 pm

Cocopeat is great grow media and soil amendment. I have never seen it used in Cambodia, and recently read on a FB group that it is not used.

One of the challenges in the monsoonal tropics is the lack of persistence in soils of carbon derived from compost. Turns quickly into a "thin black line" in the soil profile.

It appears that large populations successfully used bio chars in the amazon basin to incorporate persistent carbon in arable lands.
These dark earths of the indios are commercially mined today for garden soils.

The art of soil amendment and fertility creation in the tropics is very different to temperate zones with a cold maturation period that allows colloid structures to form in the soil.

High rainfall with consequent leaching calls for a different approach where the compost is derived immediately from the locus of cultivation.
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