This is a big one – one of the main things folks REALLY WANT to see in action when they visit our produce garden. It is scaleable, flexible, fast and effective.

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.
Try trenching instead…

Trenching is so easy it feels like a scam. It is about getting the good stuff straight into the ground. At its simplest, it’s just a hole in the ground, with scraps tossed in, covered in soil that came out of the hole, and #tadaa – instant buffet for the microbiome. It is part of our zero-waste regime that has followed us from a tiny house and smidgey backyard to acreage, but still serves so well.

You can do basic trenching in all sorts of places:

try trenching in a tiny house yard

Jump to
LEVEL
0

>> SMALL
Think 2 litres of green scraps in a hole between plants in a small yard or a balcony pot.
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THIS SCALE IS TO REDUCE YOUR WASTE
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This is the size we will look at today.

small trenching bucket
Level 1:
Stainless bucket of kitchen scraps
small spaces between plants
Food waste use in small spaces
try trenching in a medium family size garden

LEVEL 1
Medium

>>MEDIUM
Think 20 litres of scraps at a time in home veggie beds
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THIS SCALE IS GREAT FOR MAKING SOIL
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This is the closest to what we do here. Let’s explore this another day.

medium family trenching bin
Level 2:
use kitchen scraps + more
medium space in raised beds
Home garden bed ongoing maintenance
try trenching in a large community garden space

LEVEL 2
Go Large

>> LARGE
Think 200-2000 litres of scraps in long trenches on acreage or at a community garden
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THIS SCALE IS SUITED TO SITE REJUVENATION
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This is a cool project we can do in Spring.

large scale community trenching via food waste recycling programs
Level 3:
use kitchen scraps + much more
large scale site rejuvenation
Large scale, long term soil and site improvement

There is a LOT to learn and apply of course, to get the most out of your waste, but we have made a start.
SEE HERE FOR TRENCHING BASICS, LEVEL 1

🌿 UPDATE: Folks who use the Bokashi system has asked if this can be trenched – 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
You can get your Bokashi system goodies from BIOME.

Look wide; Grow well, folks.
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