On Saturday I was finally able to get Compost Everything: The Movie set up as a download.
The film was quite popular at the Homegrown Food Summit this year and many of you asked if it could be bought as a stand-alone product. Since it was being sold as part of a bundle by my friend Marjory Wildcraft, I wanted to give her plenty of time to sell copies of the entire Homegrown Food Summit before I ran off with my video and offered it here. Now that the Summit is long-done, I want to make sure anyone who just wanted my video can get it.
You can read more on the video and what it contains, as well as purchase your copy here.
It’s based on my book Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting (which continues to sell excellently) and demonstrates many of the techniques I share there.
Thanks for all the great comments and emails about the video during the Summit. It took a lot of work for Rachel and I to put it together and it’s always gratifying to have folks tell me they enjoyed our hard work.
I’m almost 100% certain it’s the only gardening film that spontaneously breaks into a 90s-style music video in the middle.
Hey David. I bought the book back when you released it and enjoyed it. One thing you don’t mention, however, is dealing with rats. I used to make just one big pile of everything… the goat & chicken bedding, yard waste, and kitchen scraps. But then I started seeing rodents. Some are to be expected with livestock, though I do keep the grain locked away. The intent was to let the chickens pick through what they want to eat and let the rest decompose, but I think rats are getting into the pile overnight. Now I keep separate piles; animal bedding in one big pile for later use, yard waste goes to the food forest ground cover, and my kitchen scraps… well I hate to say it but I’m throwing them out until I get a better plan. I’m thinking about just digging a hole and throwing a paver stone on top for the kitchen scraps only. Is this similar to anyone else’s experience? Solutions?
Get a cat. That should help.
Ok. But then how do I solve the cat problem?
I recycled 7 garbage cans with their lids and made them into compost bins. Drill holes in the bottom and half-way up the sides. Using heavy contractor garbage bags, I punch holes into it & put this into the garbage can. By keeping the compost covered with the garbage bag in the can it seems to compost a bit faster. I dig a hole in the garden soil and set the can in the hole. This allows worms to migrate in and out and have some air movement. Insert compost makings and chum with some worms to get it busy. Rats and mice can’t get in and during big rains the worms use the compost cans as a tower to get out of the water. The cans also allow me the ability to move them to another location if need be and the one’s with built in wheels are great to use. I’ve also recycled those round-top “Fire Pit Screens” for the compost I keep open to the air.
Nice solution. Thanks for the information and the recommendation on the firepit screens.
David does suggest in “Compost Everything”, digging a hole for table scraps and just about anything else (even milk), to make melon pits. You want to do this anyway with the meats. Just dig it deep enough to where no animals want to dig it up, then throw some seeds or a new tree on top.
Bought the book what a great read!! Bought the video, fantastic!!! I recommend both, read about it, then watch it! PRICELESS! Fun, educational and entertaining.
Hey – thank you very much. I really enjoyed making it.