Are all carbon material created equal?
I have access to dry rice straw and lots of dry teak leaves but some people say neither of them are good for mulch and compost? Is that true? That there is some kind of chemical in the teak leaves that prevent growth?
Are dry rice straw ok to put in the compost as the brown/carbon part? They break down pretty slow…
I have started to use dry bamboo leaves in my vegetable beds - they are easier to handle than the rice straw.
Any recommendations to what to grow to produce material for compost? Here in North Thailand everything breaks down and dry out really fast so I feel I have to add compost all the time. I am thinking to plant Mexican sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia, in Thai: บัวตอง) when the rain comes - it’s also the flower of the Maehongson province so only appropriate .