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Does it need sun?

Post  Noie on 2/9/2012, 11:15 am

I'd like to get my pile started...but I can't decide which place to put it. Some of the guides say it needs to be in the sun, some say it doesn't. My ideal spot gets absolutely no sun, so it'd be great to put the compost pile there since nothing can grow anyways. The only spot I have that would get any sun would be right next to the garden. But that would take up a potential future box spot!
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Post  camprn on 2/9/2012, 11:53 am

My compost pile is not in the sun and is very successful. Very Happy

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Post  HieronRemade on 2/9/2012, 12:14 pm

Yah mine is behind the shed where there's very little sun and it works just fine! They probably say that because the sun will help warm your pile, which will expedite the composting process. It's not necessary though...if you think about it, one of the most common places composting happens in nature is on the forest floor, where there's very little sunlight!
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Post  llama momma on 2/9/2012, 1:07 pm

Mine gets part shade and part sun. The heat making stuff is basically produced in the core of the heap so shade or sun shouldn't matter. lf the heap gets full sun, it will dry out quicker. I've read where tree roots could compete for the compost nutrition, I haven't seen any of that happening in the past 2 years anyway. Keep throwing stuff in, smaller pieces the better, aerate it, keep it moist and you will have fine quality homemade compost. And Don't worry about it during cold winters.
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Post  yolos on 2/9/2012, 3:02 pm

I am a newbie to compost. But after much research I decided I liked this method for locating the compost pile the best.

Put it near a tree that will shade it in the summer so it does not get so hot on the outside that it will not retain moisture. Then in the winter, the leaves will fall off the tree and it will get sun in the winter keeping it a little warmer on the outside and will warm up earlier in the spring.

The problem with this placement is it will probably be near roots from the tree and the roots will head directly to the compost pile.
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Post  tomperrin on 2/9/2012, 3:31 pm

I have one pile in the shade at 145 deg F, and another in full sun at 45 deg F. The latter is dormant with a lot of woodchip/sawdust bedding, the other had some very nice chicken manure & straw added to it. It really depends on content of the pile more than anything else I think.
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