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Post  Lorene on 2/21/2012, 4:57 pm

I am really new to composting and the whole gardening thing in general, but I tried a compost bin last summer. I didn't really watch what the temperature got to or anything, I just made sure I turned it every few days and kept feeding it green and brown. I know it got hot, but I don't know if that was from the Texas sun on a black tumbler or if there was actually anything going on in there. Because of family illness, I just let everything go and have just now had the guts to open the bin after several months of letting it sit. It doesn't smell and aside from the egg shell I put in and a few twigs and vine remnants, everything looks good (I think anyway... I'd post a picture but still trying to figure that out) It's very clay like just now so do I let it dry out some and use it or just work it into my leftovers from last years SFG? Do I need to use 4 other composts with it or because it is kitchen scraps, trimmings and some paper etc. is that enough?
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Post  snibb on 2/21/2012, 5:06 pm

Hey boffor...what do you think? Would it help here?
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Post  camprn on 2/21/2012, 5:36 pm

That compost looks pretty darn good! If you sift it it should be looking fabulous. I usually just use my compost when it looks like that, chunks and all, right into the garden! Very Happy

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Post  Lorene on 2/21/2012, 7:54 pm

So when I use it, do I need to add 4 other composts to it to keep my mix right? What do you suggest I sift it through?
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Post  camprn on 2/21/2012, 8:01 pm

Here are a few previous threads about sifting compost. There are a few others that you can find using the search feature located above the latest topics forum.

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t79-compost-sifter <~~~Click
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t9422-compost-soil-sifter <~~~Click

If it was me I would try to find some more composts. Are you making Mel's mix from scratch? If you are, I would suggest you go ahead and find 4 more different composts to make the compost blend, and then make the Mel's mix according the the recipe in the All New Square Foot Gardening book... that will get the best results and the tastiest veggies. Very Happy

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Post  Windsor.Parker on 2/22/2012, 2:02 am

@camprn wrote:That compost looks pretty darn good! If you sift it it should be looking fabulous. I usually just use my compost when it looks like that, chunks and all, right into the garden! Very Happy
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Post  Lorene on 2/22/2012, 10:01 am

I have 2 4x4 from last year so I am just trying to supplement what was lost last year. I am a bit concerned about getting the amount of compost right. I will take a look at those links!! Thanks!! Very Happy
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Post  camprn on 2/22/2012, 11:35 am

There is no reason to maintain the mix as it was when you put it in the boxes. Just add the compost to the mix. I usually end up putting a wheel barrow full or two of compost into each 4x4 box when I am prepping the bed for the growing season.

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