Residence Backyard Barrel Compost (CPP) Trial at Nirvana Natural Farm


– To
examine whether it is doable to make a smaller model of barrel compost (additionally
referred to as cow pat pit) so house gardeners can simply make their very own.

the probabilities of utilizing different manures to usher in a spread of animal
influences into the house backyard.


search on strategies used worldwide.

Arrange 3
totally different sized composts in 3 totally different sized bottomless containers. Unglazed terracotta
pots the place chosen as a result of they might simply match into a house backyard and are additionally
sturdy. The underside is just eliminated with an angle grinder. There may be additionally a
chance of creating a container to go well with. They’re simply eliminated when compost
is full permitting the house to be planted. Peter Proctor was utilizing clay
bricks in India.

Cow manure

Egg shells

Rock mud (Fisher creek)

Biodynamic preps


50 litres

200 grams

500 grams

4 units 8 gams

1/2 wine barrel

63 x 45x 56 cm

25 litres

100 grams

250 grams

2 units 4 grams

Terracotta pot

47 x 30 x 38 cm

12 litres

50 grams

125 grams

1 set 2 grams

Terracotta pot

40 x 30 x 28 cm

The method began on Could 2nd 2009.Cow manure was collected from Claret
Ash Farm. The manure was measured out. The three p
then had the egg shells and rock mud added and the place ‘kneaded by hand for 1

Combined by
5 individuals. Every blended 10 litres for a time after which handed it on repeated for
the hour.

Combined by
2 individuals—1/2 every kneaded for 1 hour.

Combined by
1 individual for 1 hour.

After the hour every was positioned in its acceptable container, biodynamic
preparations added, coated with a humid sack & waterproof lid.

JUNE 4th 2009 All 3 pits had been inspected and blended nicely with a fork. All
regarded a lot the identical—the smallest was slightly wetter & center one slightly
dryer however after mixing the moisture evened out. The tops the place smoothed and
sack and waterproof lids changed.

AUGUST the pits had been inspected. The smallest compost was prepared and
eliminated to storage. The others left to mature slightly extra. The 25 litre
compost was prepared two weeks latter. The 50 litre compost remains to be creating
however very shut. 14/9/2009


All 3 pits matured displaying the identical properties of humus improvement.
Extremely advocate that house gardeners use this technique to supply their very own
subsequently all the time having their very own provide at hand.


Adelaide Hills Biodynamic Group is planing to run this trial once more in
Spring to research the seasonal impact. 10 litres of manure will likely be utilized in
the small barrel, making a simple 1 bucket measurement. It’s also hoped Residence
backyard members will shortly take up the strategy.

Subsequent autumn we are going to plan a trial utilizing totally different mixes of manure to
deliver a extra numerous vary of animal influences to the house backyard.

Deb Cantrill is an skilled biodynamic orchardist, gardener and
educator. Establishing Nirvana Natural Farm in 1983.Deb is the Coordinator and
preparation maker/distributor for the Adelaide Hills Biodynamic Group.

Adelaide Hills Biodynamic Workforce: Chris Banks, Jan Sedunary, Robin Tait,
Simon Martin, Martin Fry, Wendy Morris, Yi-Ting Wu, Cathy Smallridge.

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