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Hot vs. Cold Composting

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Hot vs. Cold Composting

Post  WriterCPA on 7/8/2013, 7:26 pm

I am wondering at hot vs. cold because I have two black plastic composting bins. (My County was selling them really cheaply one year.) I have one in direct sun and one under some trees. The one under the trees seems to produce a more completely broken down mix with fewer things trying to take root and grow than the one in the heat. I usually split major rackings and pullings (liriope -- which will NEVER go into another composite bin) and add water and turn pretty much on the same schedule.

The only I am now doing differently than when I first started is not stuffing the cans to the top so I have room to stir, which I now do with a pitch fork, not the cut little stirring stick with a flexible foot that the County sold -- never could get much mixing done with that thing. Also arthritis is slowing me down a bit in my stirring.

Anyone know why my "cold" composter is working better?

Should I put different things in the two of them? We get lots of maple and oak leaves, pine needles, not much grass, ivy prunings, and dead heads from roses, daisies and bulb leaves.
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Post  yolos on 7/8/2013, 7:33 pm

Could it be that the bin in the shade retains moisture better than the bin in full sun. If it does, that may explain the better decomposition. The right amount of moisture can speed up decomposition.
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