Originally Posted by bcblondie
K so I googled humanure becuase I've never heard of it. Sounds interesting. The thing that makes it seem unfeasible is it takes longer to compost this way. 1 to 2 years I think it said? And there has to be a certain amount of time between the last addition of humanure and the time you use it. I only have one of those black bins... I don't have tons and tons of space to store several years worth... I mean I could probably add some this year and use it next year... But that would only allow a few months worth of adding it. Kwim?
I dunno. Can you explain it more? It says there are specific regulations to ensure all pathogens are killed....
As a fellow family cloth user, welcome to the idea of humanure composting!
Disclaimer: I don't do it. Not yet. But I am considering it.
But I do recommend the book, check it out.
Yes, Joseph Jenkins recommends having a rotating system of compost with 2 piles. One pile (Pile A) sits and ages. The other (Pile B), you add to all year. Then when the year is up, you harvest Pile A and let Pile B sit and age. You start creating a new pile where you harvested Pile A.
Yes, that requires a bit of space - not tons, but certainly isn't something you can do in an apartment or anything.
Some people choose to let their piles age 2 years. Joseph Jenkins does not, but he says if you are concerned and plan to use the compost on food crops, it's certainly something you can do. If that is the case, you can have 3 piles. But anyway, if you have one dedicated pile, you only need twice the space - which may be too much for some, but it's not a crazy amount of space, like needing 10 piles or something.
Since reading his book, I've upgraded my compost heap from a small bin to a 4 foot diameter chicken wire pile (and I have a second length of chicken wire in my basement for when I've filled the first). But I haven't put anything, er, "personal" in the pile yet, just the usual leaves and kitchen wastes. I'm totally sold on the method, though.