Composting Techniques - Compost Honey Trench
A compost "Honey Trench" is a long, deep trench dug in your garden, that
is filled with raw compost able materials. It is then covered with a layer
garden soil. A row of plants is grown over the honey trench.
The concept of a compost honey trench is simple: Bury a mixture of compost
where you will place a row of plants. You can add manure to this rich mixture,
too. As the plant's roots grow in search of moisture and nutrients, your
plants reach and feed upon the rich compost and manure. By the time the plants
roots reach the compost, it has decomposed.
Note: Bury raw compost in the fall, or early in the spring.
It decomposes underground during the winter.
Similar to the Honey Hole, the Compost
Trench is a composting technique where compost is buried underground. Plant
a row of your favorite vegetables in the garden soil above it.
By burying compost, you are also practicing a method of worm composting.
The worms in your garden will be attracted to the compost, aiding in the
decomposition process. Along the way, they will leave worm castings, which
in turn, feed your plants. Also see:
How to Make a Compost Honey Trench:
A Compost Honey Trench is best started in the fall, using raw compost materials.
If you make a honey trench in the spring, use decomposed, finished compost.
Begin by digging a trench where you want to grow a row of flowers or vegetables
Dig the trench 1 to 2 feet deep.
Put raw, un-decomposed compost material. Put the materials inside the trench
in layers. If you have manure, use a layer of that, too. The final layer
should be 3 to 6 inches of garden soil. The finished trench should be mounded
slightly. It will compact over time. In the meantime, the mound, will allow
excess water to drain off and away.
To mix or not to mix- If you use the layered approach above, mixing
the materials is not necessary. If you feel better about mixing the materials
first, go ahead and give it a few turns. There is no right or wrong way to
mix materials. A pitchfork is helpful, to turn and mix materials.
By spring, the material in your compost trench has decomposed. You can plant
flowers or vegetables right over the compost honey trench.
See What to Compost
How to Make a Compost Honey Hole
Bed Garden Soil - it's a similar concept.