Materials management starts with compost

Martinsville faces a common challenge with other mountainous areas of virginia with soil loss due to erosion issues.  A permaculture designed growing space address water management, but also creates a bounty of mulch as well as organic materials.

Part of holistic materials management is composting.  You can compost in place with chop-n-drop, in stacks or pits, even centralized piles.  Besides your garden, your home, and food preparation produces hundreds of pounds of material each year.  Each method for handling these materials vary.

In an urban environment you may gain bulk materials several times during the year.  You may have some materials you recycle off site, others you recycle on site.  For example, several six foot high pile of leaves I received from neighbors late fall 2012 that was the basis of beginning grow areas.  How to handle such an influx?

Without proper materials management you  have a mess of matted leaves, soggy lumps, and even smelly mold.  Or using these insights you can have moisture rich organic materials that builds soil abundance.  Do you produce leaf mold, compost, or mulch?  What kind of off site materials do you need to supplement available resources?

These questions and many more are answered in materials management course ranging from:

  • Making compost,
  • Conserving water,
  • Harvesting sunshine,
  • Building materials,
  • Regenerative resources,
  • Raising earthworms,
  • Manure management,
  •  Building soil,

Each of these areas stack benefits into your permaculture design, providing you maximum abundance for limited inputs.  You'll find new opportunities in your property to have the things you need without much effort or searching.

With proper materials management you reduce animal smells, can grow with greater density, recover essential minerals easily, and grow your own mulch.  No more being a slave to commercial fertilizer producers and big “Ag” companies.

Knowing how to direct the flow or resources on your property can triple yields, even ten times your results for less money.  In fact, understanding the right way to handle what some might call waste and weeds at your homestead will create for you despite your efforts.  Are you ready for the benefits?

Grow larger vegetables, have healthier crops, eliminate pests, and do all this without any synthetic fertilizer or harmful chemicals.  Work with nature and nature will work for you.  Plus cut your labor time in half with millions of warms, predatory insects, and trillions of microbes working for you.

To learn more about materials management on your homestead, contact us about the next available class.