While ONfungi’s Scott Hortop is the wizard of compost with his large bioreactors, there’s room for smaller bioreactors. In today’s post, ONfungi’s Kelvin Hodges builds a simple home bioreactor.
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Kelvin’s bioreactor build
Hi everyone, for my home bioreactor build I started with some basic 1×2″ wire mesh fencing from a local hardware store. I used tin snips to cut the mesh into two pieces. One piece would be for the main bioreactor and the second piece was for the air vent in the middle. Remember, to keep your bioreactor from going anaerobic you want to keep the digesting material within about a foot of air.
The next step is to mulch the leaf material. In this case I had 4 bags of leaves from last fall. I used my mower with a mulching blade and filled the hopper. I then put the mulched leaves into the tin wash basin and soaked with water (unchlorinated water. Mine came from the local creek).
I did add a handful of ONfdc to enhance the fungal content of the leaf mass. You can buy a starter dose here.
Now load the wet leaves (but not too wet) into the home bioreactor. Not shown, I soaked the leaves for a few minutes and then used a screen to drain the leaf soak back into the tin bucket. This meant I didn’t have to fill the bucket with water as often. I still used 25 gallons of water.
and clean up…
You’re done! Put away the tools.
I used the left over leaf soak to water the gardens. Lots of good nutrient in there I imagine.
Thanks for reading — Kelvin
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