Win a copy of Permaculture Design Companion this week in the Permaculture Design forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Mike Jay Haasl
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • James Freyr
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Dave Burton
  • Pearl Sutton

Compost covers - alternatives to plastic?

 
Posts: 16
Location: Oregon Zone 8b
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hello,
I am wondering if anyone knows of or has tried using any materials besides plastic to cover up compost piles with.  The purpose is to retain moisture, especially on the top layer of the compost pile, which gets dried out too fast - so it needs to be some kind of solid piece of material that's fairly non-porous.
Thanks.
 
pollinator
Posts: 240
Location: Northern New Mexico, Zone 5b
8
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I use scrap plywood.  It last quite a while before it becomes compost itself.
 
gardener
Posts: 458
Location: Sierra Nevadas, CA 6400'
152
hugelkultur dog trees woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Depends how big your piles are. For mine I just use big sheets of cardboard. Once it's broken down enough, I just sort of tear it up with a shovel, let it mix into the pile, and put a new sheet on top. Works great for a small-ish pile, but it would definitely not be feasible on a larger scale.
 
gardener
Posts: 2689
Location: Central Texas zone 8a
489
cattle chicken bee sheep
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Burlap bags? Hay or straw?
 
Posts: 75
Location: Suburbs Salt Lake City, Utah 6a 24 in rain 58 in snow
3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I use old carpet scraps.
 
Posts: 155
Location: Jacksonville, FL
30
tiny house solar woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I picked up a few pieces of leftover galvanized steel roofing a long time ago and have used them. They are very durable and keeping the sun or extreme tropical storm downpour from directly hitting the compost pile is really important for me. I know some people have issues with galvanized steel, so maybe baked enamel steel roofing sheets might be more appropriate. The kind I have is not standing seam, but corrugated. This means I can lay one down and then lay the next one on where I deem appropriate, and they just fit themselves together via gravity as long as you overlap them in a parallel fashion. Bricks along the edges have been sufficient for holding them down through tropical storm force winds.
 
See ya later boys, I think I'm in love. Oh wait, she's just a tiny ad:
dry stack step
https://permies.com/t/125100/dry-stack-step
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!