EVERY gardener knows the value of good compost, not only because it completes the cycle in an environmentally beneficial process, but also because it reinvigorates soil biology and productivity.
But, up until now, getting your hands on a good supply of consistently high-quality compost has required (a.) a lot of work, (b.) a lot of driving, or (c.) a lot of money; maybe all of the above.
Now, thanks to the exhaustive trials and development work of local firm, Aussie Compost Co, there’s a seemingly endless supply of excellent compost right on your doorstep at Koonwarra, and they’ll even deliver.
“Up until now we’ve been mainly contracting on-farm but following the trouble in the dairy industry, we’ve broadened our approach and have been getting a lot of inquiry from orchards, vineyards, community gardens and home gardens as well,” said David Walker of Aussie Compost.
“The principal is just the same.
“On-farm we were able to help the dairy farmers solve two problems; turning materials such as manure, sludge, green waste, leaves, hay, straw, silage, wood chips, food waste and even paper into a rich, dark, crumbly, soil-like product that was high in primary nutrients and which improved soil biology.
“At the same time it offered them the opportunity to substitute homemade fertiliser for brought-in fertiliser, or at least cut down on their fertiliser bill.
“And even in these difficult times, we still think that’s a very viable option.”
But, having proved up the value of compost on a broader scale, the benefits are there for all other producers as well, including those who just want to re-energise their own gardens.
As well as their on-farm contracting work, the firm also started making its own compost on the property at 307 Koonwarra-Pound Creek Road, Koonwarra combining green waste from the Bass Coast Shire Council and several other sources locally as well as the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, with chicken or pig manure, straw, sawdust and now paper, into a fully cured compost product that’s ideal for a range of purposes.
“You can pick-up or we’ll deliver and we’re already getting plenty of repeat customers from as far afield as Yarram, Traralgon and Koo Wee Rup,” said David.
“We’ve constantly got 1200m3 of compost made all the time, ready to go out on farm or on to your garden. It’s a wonderful product, turned at least eight times, monitored daily and with a full MPIC analysis for every batch. We can deliver anything from 1.5m3 to 100m3. Just give us a call on mobile 0419 343 307 or 5674 5520. (See Aussie Compost advert this issue).
Gardeners, like dairy farmers, can benefit from Aussie Compost