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Hot Compost build at the Tuakau & District Museum

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The pollinator garden behind the museum is almost ready to plant our Dahlia tubers. 

Come along to see the spring garden before it becomes a summer garden, and chat all things weed management and composting. If we have enough people participating then we'll get some of the Dahlia tubers in the ground too. 

It's almost a year since we stopped using toxic weedkiller behind the museum, and we are almost able to say we're growing healthy, organic, spray-free weeds - the perfect ingredient for hot compost. 

If you've been wondering if it really is possible to turn invasive weeds into exquisite compost, then here's a chance to come and see for yourself. 

What's Hot Compost?

It's a lazy gardener's way to make great soil - build a cubic metre pile in one session, with the greens and browns carefully balanced, ample air flow, and the perfect moisture content. Use animal manure if possible, and when done, pop the biodynamic compost preparations inside to let the herbal remedies work their magic. 

Wait a couple of months, and you have beautiful soil. 

I'll be adding some biodynamic cow pat pit preparation to the compost pile, so it's also an opportunity to learn about this soil conditioner. 

All welcome
Thursday mornings are volunteering days at the museum, so you can wander around the premises and chat with the people working on a wide range of exhibits. It's a fascinating place to hang out, and a lovely group of people. 

Each time I'm there I apply the biodynamic CPP preparation (cow pat pit), so if you'd like to try this then bring a bottle to take some home with you. 

Any questions? Please email me at

What to bring: 

- please wear covered shoes, as there is some broken glass in the garden. 

- if it's sunny then please wear sunblock & a hat. The pollinator garden is not undercover and can be quite hot. 

- water bottle if you like to stay hydrated, but we'll probably pause and join the other volunteers for a morning tea break at around 10:20. 

- note pad and paper if you like to take notes. I'll have a few books and other resources with me, but this is a hands on, active session of gardening, and while I'm happy to chat as we build the compost, it's probably not the best time to show me photos of your garden and ask for specific advice. 

- we'll be stirring some CPP (biodynamic cow pat pit preparation), so bring a bottle if you'd like to take some home with you. 

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