Trenching, Level Zero

JUST TO RECAP: You won’t see a COMPOST HEAP or worm farm at our place, and that can be a shock to some. Read here to find out why we DON’T DO COMPOSTING. We trench instead..

STEP 1: WHAT GOES IN, AND WHAT TO KEEP IT IN

>>> If it was once a plant, it’s in <<<

Fruit & veg scraps, coffee grounds, tea leaves, includes CITRUS & ONION, egg cartons, non-glossy paper like printer paper, tissues, serviettes..
*PLUS one non-plant item – egg shells*

>>> Keep it in stainless steel <<<

There are lots of nifty cheap containers, but most will rust, leak and fall apart in no time. Buy Once; stainless steel, so it can be rinsed out and last a lifetime. These two are our favourites and have lids as well – practical on the left and dang cute on the right.

This is our stainless scraps bucket

🌿 UPDATE: Folks who use the Bokashi system have asked if this can be trenched rather than just using a scraps bucket – YES ABSOLUTELY. Bokashi is perfect for trenching, especially if you don’t have the space for larger composting. Get that Bokashi goodness into the ground, STAT!

Try the Bokashi system from BIOME
Try the Bokashi system.
You can get them from BIOME

STEP 2: WHAT STAYS OUT

>>> No meat, dairy, cereals <<<

There ARE ways to trench these, but not at Level 1. That story is for another time. For now, leave them out, as they’ll attract pests to scratch around after you.

TRENCHING TRAPS
Fruit stickers last forever and will be colourful and intact for years to come. Envelope windows used to be made of true cellophane. Not anymore. Keep them out too. Packing tape on the bottom of boxes is sometimes missed, and these days very glossy packaging print can often actually be vinyl wrap, not ink. Grrr.

STEP 3: OUT IN THE YARD

>>> Dig, dump & fill <<<
(in a good way)

Most plants and shrubs feed in the top 30cm of soil, so that’s where we would like our trenching, to be the most benefit. Dig a hole between plants, with a shovel, or trowel if in a pot. Retain the soil.

Scraps from your bucket go in (not complicated at this basic level of trenching) and if it is summer time or ground is dry, give it a splash with the hose. Moisture is needed to break it all down. Backfill with the soil from the hole. Job done.

  • If you have pets, then fill only half the hole with scraps and cover well so as not to attract attention with smells.
  • Don’t have clever doggies around when you dig, as they will see you digging and may join in after you leave.
  • Best not trench foods that are harmful to your pets in case they get stuck into it, or trench it in areas to which they don’t have access.

By the time you have trenched holes between all your plants and get back to the start in a few months or so (depending on the weather and your soil type) it may well be already decomposed – worms and the microbiome will have already had a field-day and turned it into plant food, bar the eggshells and avocado stones that take a bit longer. 

STEP 4: CELEBRATE YOUR ACHIEVEMENT

>>> See all our trenching stories so far, here <<<

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