We are showcasing a range of fabulous organic composting practices at the Sunflower Celebration. From deep litter recycling and worm towers to the amazing bio-compost heap. The Mills organic field is only 1 year old and yet it is producing regular bounties of organic produce for The Mill and the local community. The many composting techniques used to improve the soils (terra) of the site are one significant parts of the success behind turning a standard field into a totally organic productive garden for all.

Come along and talk with the experts, the people who have done the hard yards to make it what it is. Lots to experience for all who are interested in growing your own!

The bio-compost heap

This is an amazing looking compost heap, a sculptural feature in any garden and yet a highly productive technique that produces incredible compost in just a few months. Once built there is no need to turn it, just let it mature like a fine wine!! Come along and learn the ins and outs of how this unique heap is made.

The worm towers

Essentially tall tubes embedded at one end into the garden they are layered with compostables that are often difficult to compost in other ways. Compostable materials are added to the tubes and a very special, Mill made, Bokashi biological mix is added. Worms and other compost creatures then enter the tubes, recycling materials directly into the soil and nearby fruit trees and shrubs.

The Mills worm towers have all been given incredible artistic makeovers by students from Triabunna District School. Discover the methods of worm tower composting and how it can benefit your own gardens.

Deep litter mulch composting and cucurbit mounds

One of the main success stories of the site has been the speed at which the soils have been improved to grow fresh produce. The inspiration for this success in part, comes from Ruth Stout an American garden writer and newspaper columnist of the 1950’s and 60’s who developed a technique involving the spreading of hay over the soil to at least “eight inches”, 200mm; and then to let the soil organisms and the rest of “nature” do what they do best. The result was as close to a totally sustainable garden that one could get without additional inputs such as manufactured fertiliser, chemicals or pest treatments.

Talk with Marcus and Tino and discover this technique and the many other biological understandings used to improve soils that sustainably and successfully grow plants in The Mills organic field.

What else is on at the Mill

10/10/2020

Open Day

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16/10/2020 – 18/10/2020

Photography Workshop

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31/10/2020

Schools Open Day

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