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Dr Compost - Ben Elms

The Dark Arts Of Hot And Cold Composting

How do I deal with all my food scraps? My grass clippings? Leaves? And manure? What can’t I compost?

What’s the difference between hot and cold composting? Why isn’t my hot compost hot?

And why am I still stuck with a sad soggy heap in the corner of my garden?

No mulchy matter goes unturned in this two-hour workshop, as Ben – also known as Dr. Compost at Wanaka Wastebusters  – answers every decomposing issue you’ve ever pondered, and no doubt some you hadn’t. Ben’s aim is to look at real world composting situations and to provide you with practical hot and cold composting techniques you can apply at home or at work.

Ben is intrigued by the relationship between humans and the microbes and bacteria found in soil, and believes compost is key. “There is so much going on between us and what’s in the soil; we are only just scratching the surface of what will eventually be discovered about it all. We are covered in bacteria, and the food we eat contains microflora. Life is about good and bad biology – and that really fascinates me.”

Ben is happiest on his Wanaka lifestyle block with his chickens, goats, bees, horses, a large vege garden and very slow-growing fruit trees. He loves shoveling  poo from his wife’s horses to make more compost in one of his nine compost bays. As well as composting, Ben runs courses in fruit tree pruning and grafting, permaculture orchard design, chicken keeping and more, and he’s a regular contributor to Kiwi Gardener magazine, the Otago Daily Times and other media. Dr. Compost will be available for consultation at two Garden Marlborough workshops. Don’t miss your appointment!

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Garden Marlborough Sposored by Rapaura Springs
Ben Elms Dr Compost profile picture for Garden Marlborough Festival
Garden Marlborough Sposored by Rapaura Springs
Ben Elms Dr Compost profile picture for Garden Marlborough Festival
Garden Marlborough Sposored by Rapaura Springs
Ben Elms Dr Compost profile picture for Garden Marlborough Festival