Bryant RedHawk wrote:Cooking organic materials is not composting them, the heat will not reduce and that will only allow soil pathogenic ciliates and anaerobic bacteria to thrive, not exactly what one desires in their compost.
If you want to cook your materials to kill the seed bank within those materials, you have found a great way to do that, but to turn those materials into compost you will need to place the containers in a shaded area and moisten them as well as get air into them so bacteria and fungi will be able to populate the "heap" and decompose it.
Dr. Redhawk, could this stand in for hot composting in terms of the killing of pathogens, and would it return more resources to the soil that are otherwise consumed by the thermophilic bacteria? Could you go from this solar cooking to a cold compost/BSFL/vermiculture staged process and burn through fewer soil resources in the composting?
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