Carbon sequestration and compost

I could have been wrapping Christmas presents but with my half day’s annual leave I decided to take advantage of a lull in the rain – the sun even came out! – to get out in the garden.

Years ago, I read somewhere that a good way to make compost was to add soil to the heap. I guess this is to provide the creatures that eat decaying matter. Whether or not this is true, it seemed worthwhile adding some of the soil I’ve dug out to make the pond to the compost bin.

I think my neighbour put something out for the rats as there doesn’t seem to have been any activity in the garden of late. Which is a pity in the sense that I would have been glad for them to have had a go at mixing the soil into the rest of the bin’s contents. However, I’m not going to attract anymore of them by, for example, putting liquid run-off from the bokashi in the bin.

Tempting but on the anti-social side, being in such close proximity to my neighbours.

Since writing this post, I have come across information which might illuminate why soil is a good addition to the compost heap: Bryant Redhawk on carbon sequestration and compost-making

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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4 Responses to Carbon sequestration and compost

  1. That’s an interesting article, Helen. I’ve used soil in my compost bin before, but never knew the why behind it. When I empty out a pot I’ll add that old soil to the bin. I’m glad to know it’s so beneficial. I love making compost. It took me three tries over the years to find the perfect bin, but the one I have now works quickly and efficiently and is easy to use. Have you been happy with yours, too?

    • Helen says:

      My current bin is too big, so it’s hard to turn the heap. I’ll keep it for now, though, and revisit the situation in due course. I’m glad you’ve found the one that works for you, Alys 😊.

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