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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 4/20/2012, 11:32 pm

After two months of turning and temperature checking, my compost is done. Today I sifted it to remove unwanted stuff like rocks, twigs, etc, and it almost doubled in volume. It looks great, it smells great, and I'm happy it's done. I'm just going to let it sit for a week or so till I get the rest of the ingredients together.
Some of the uncomposted twigs and whatnot went through my sifter......that's ok with me. I didn't feel like running out to buy a piece of hardware cloth with smaller holes so I just used the "door" of my compost bin and placed it over a wheelbarrow.

I got about two 5 gallon buckets of uncomposted stuff that is going back in the next batch.

While sifting through the compost, I would smell handfuls of it every once in a while and for the most part, it had a nice sweet earthy smell. Every once in a while I would smell something odd. It wasn't alot and it wasn't strong. It wasn't a manure smell. It had the same odor as what the fish parts gave off after sitting in the compost bin for a while.

I'm not worried about it.

I just wanted to tell you guys and girls that I finally have my own black gold. What a Face

My compost is getting mixed with other composts that I recently purchased. I have 6 bags of composted cow manure, 6 bags of lobster compost(Thanks Camprn for that idea!!) and 3 bags of pelletized chicken manure. I'm still thinking about getting some bags of leaf compost and that duck manure-based compost I've seen in NJ. Trouble with that is, I don't like taking the time to buy that while I'm working in NJ and by the time I'm done, I don't want to take the time to stop at the hardware store to buy it....I have a two hour ride home. Now if I happen to finish up the day within 10 minutes of that hardware store, then I'll get the stuff. What a Face
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Post  camprn on 4/21/2012, 8:15 am

Hooray it's done!!!

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Post  brenda g on 4/21/2012, 10:43 am

Way to go, TTT!!

I'm pretty obsessed with my composting as well; I've been mowing the leaves (no bag, so then I have to rake them up) and chompin up my kitchen scraps in a food processor (a little bit tedious since it's a 4 cupper) So I'd LOVE to know how that wood chipper pans out!

Also in regard to sifting finished compost: I found cheap bulb baskets at Walmart, (4 bucks for three baskets) they are small (about a square foot) but weigh almost nothing and are easy to use. the holes are about 1/4 - 1/2 inch so if I find the need for a finer mesh I can just wire an old screen to it. This is working out so much better than my old sifter (which my wonderful husband built for me but, being an over acheiver, he made far too big and heavy for practicality haha!)

Well speaking of compost, my temp is below 100 so time to go turn!
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