There are many ways to make compost, and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. In this blog post, we will discuss how we make compost using an 18 – 24 month process that goes through 5 stages (Mesophilic, Thermophilic, Cooling, Curing, and then Vermicomposting).
We rely heavily on local waste products to create our compost, which helps reduce our environmental impact.
Stage one of our composting process is known as mesophilic decomposition. This stage occurs at relatively low temperatures, between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. During this stage, microorganisms break down organic matter into simpler compounds. The mesophilic stage can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the composition of the organic matter and the way it is composted.
Stage two is known as thermophilic decomposition. This stage occurs at higher temperatures, between 140 and 158 degrees Fahrenheit. Thermophilic bacteria are more active at these higher temperatures, allowing them to break down organic matter more quickly. This stage typically lasts for two to four weeks.
Stage Three and Four
Once the thermophilic stage is complete, the compost enters the cooling phase. During this phase, the temperature of the compost gradually decreases. This process can take several weeks or even months. Once the compost has cooled to below 140 degrees Fahrenheit, it is ready for the next stage.
The curing stage is when the compost is allowed to age and mature. During this time, bacteria and fungi continue to break down organic matter, making the compost more nutrient-rich. Curing can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.
Finally, the compost enters the vermicomposting stage. Vermicomposting is when earthworms are added to the compost to help aerate it and speed up decomposition. This stage typically lasts for two to four months. Once the compost has gone through all five stages, it is ready to be used!
Benefits of composting and vermicomposting
Not only do they help reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills, but they also create a nutrient-rich soil amendment that can be used in gardening and agriculture.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of composting and vermicomposting, we encourage you to read our other blog posts on the topic. Stay tuned for more information about our composting process!
We hope you found this blog post informative. If you have any questions about our composting process, feel free to contact us. And be sure to check back soon for more information about our composting process! Thanks for reading!