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close this bookBio-Intensive Approach to Small-Scale Household Food Production (IIRR, 1993, 180 p.)
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Semi-sunken composting

1. Clean the area selected for building the compost pile. Dig a hole one-half meter deep.

Clean the area

2. Cut composting materials into small pieces. Mix them with manure at 5:1 ratio.

Cut composting materials into small pieces

3. Place the mixture in the hole until it reaches one to two meters above the ground. Use a shovel or your hands to keep the edges square.

Place the mixture in the hole

4. Cover the pile with straw or smear it with mud to protect it. Add a layer of soil on top of the pile and make a series of holes on top of the finished pile. The compost should be ready is 1 to 2 months.

Cover the pile