Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 9:32 pm

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 9:28 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by Mellen Yesterday at 8:47 pm

» strawberries SFG
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:16 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in March 2017
by Mimi2 Yesterday at 8:12 pm

» SUGA 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:52 pm

» My Ontario SFG Garden Spring 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:39 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:28 pm

» N & C Midwest: March 2017 Brink of Spring
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:25 pm

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 4:47 pm

» who has chickens
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 4:42 pm

» Growing zucchini in containers
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:43 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:59 pm

» Hello from South Mississippi
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:55 pm

» Spaghetti Squash ?
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:52 pm

» Growing Strawberries in Charlotte
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:24 pm

» An excellent read for those with Diabetes
by Ginger Blue Yesterday at 1:32 pm

» Hello from Richmond
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 6:25 am

» Double layer weed cloth/landscape fabric?
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 6:20 am

» Hello from Southeast Michigan!
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:09 am

» Wick Irrigation
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:17 am

» Watering System -- Finally!
by CitizenKate Yesterday at 12:47 am

» Mirrors in the Garden
by ralitaco 3/28/2017, 10:06 pm

» Friend or foe?
by sanderson 3/28/2017, 8:08 pm

» Comfrey
by llama momma 3/28/2017, 3:23 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals 3/28/2017, 12:27 pm

» March: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals 3/28/2017, 12:03 pm

» Medical Herbs
by Ginger Blue 3/28/2017, 10:39 am

» 1st SFG Plan - Any thoughts?
by herblover 3/28/2017, 9:04 am

» New from OK City
by sanderson 3/28/2017, 3:18 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Cold old compost...

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Cold old compost...

Post  Cherbear on 9/23/2013, 10:38 am

I have a compost in barrels, older compost in one, and newer in another. I have checked the temperature and its only a little higher than ambient. I add kitchen greens to it (its mostly straw from a half rotted bale) but it doesn't heat up. I don't get composting, really. Also, can I add powedery mildew infected squash vines to the compost barrel?
avatar
Cherbear

Female Posts : 62
Join date : 2013-08-30
Age : 48
Location : Eskasoni, Nova Scotia, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Cold old compost...

Post  sanderson on 9/23/2013, 2:10 pm

Dear Cherbear,  I just replied to 2Soo "Compost in the Snow" regarding composting,  So I will copy, paste and edit the reply for you.

Composting does NOT depend on the weather.  It is a chemical and microbial process.  Once you build a large compost pile, with both 'brown' and 'green' materials, you do not add any more material.

A composting thermometer is a wonderful tool to have to make sure it heats up inside.

Please read the following topic.  It's lengthy but you can see how other folks manage to produce wonderful compost.

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t9365-are-you-a-hottie?highlight=hottie

Go up to the Search box and type in compost.

I also bought a used copy online (Amazon, eBay?) of "The Complete Compost Gardening Guide" by Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin.

Best of luck.
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13204
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Cold old compost...

Post  camprn on 9/23/2013, 2:34 pm


____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14083
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Cold old compost...

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum