Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

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.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Are vegetables hurt by too much light?
by sanderson Today at 1:45 am

» Weight Watchers Turkey, Bean and Vegetable Chili
by sanderson Today at 1:31 am

» Seed Starting!!
by SQWIB Yesterday at 9:02 pm

» Colored Mulch
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 7:12 pm

» Taking on 4 Season Gardening
by Roseinarosecity Yesterday at 5:19 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by brianj555 Yesterday at 4:25 pm

» Fourth Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 3:53 pm

» 2018 - First Annual Seed Swap Week - January 20-28
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:17 pm

» SUGA 2017
by SQWIB Yesterday at 12:57 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by No_Such_Reality 1/17/2018, 11:16 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson 1/17/2018, 9:42 pm

» Butternut squash, turkey Italian sausage, cannelini bean soup
by yolos 1/17/2018, 9:25 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by yolos 1/17/2018, 9:12 pm

» N&C Midwest—January 2018!!!
by Scorpio Rising 1/17/2018, 7:08 pm

» Is there ever enough compost?
by has55 1/17/2018, 2:41 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising 1/16/2018, 9:10 pm

» Gophers
by countrynaturals 1/16/2018, 12:32 pm

» High heat tolerant tomatoes
by walshevak 1/16/2018, 6:03 am

» Mid-Atl - Jan 2018 - Brrrrrrrrrr! and Happy New Year
by AtlantaMarie 1/15/2018, 6:43 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in January 2018
by sanderson 1/15/2018, 3:53 am

» New England Jan 2018
by hammock gal 1/13/2018, 5:50 pm

» My first Attempt
by 21Actual 1/13/2018, 5:05 pm

» Air Fryer! HELP!
by sanderson 1/13/2018, 3:26 pm

» New SFG box-Humanitarian way
by sanderson 1/13/2018, 3:24 pm

» Drafts?
by trolleydriver 1/13/2018, 1:18 pm

» Hello from Northern Ontario Eh!
by BeetlesPerSqFt 1/13/2018, 1:07 pm

» January 2018 Avatar: Surprise Us
by sanderson 1/12/2018, 4:57 pm

» Review of Terms of Service
by Ginger Blue 1/12/2018, 4:02 pm

» DIY Plant Markers
by countrynaturals 1/11/2018, 7:32 pm

» Non flowering sugar and snow peas
by sanderson 1/11/2018, 3:21 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Compost Rate of the pile turn

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Compost Rate of the pile turn

Post  Krazzzzzyhorse on 6/8/2016, 6:28 pm

Hello Everyone

I am not new to composting but always learning more, just recently moved into a new home with a sizeable yard. So I have become aggressive with composting. The general consensus for turning the pile is about every three days based on what most blogs and sites say. But Mel's chapter on composting states you turn it every day for compost to be ready in two weeks. That does not seem right to me and I don't like to immediately discard what someone like Mel states. So has anyone here turned their piles on a daily basis and had compost ready in two weeks? I have been just sticking my had deep in the pile to check for heat. Will be ordering a composting thermometer off Amazon today. Would like to hear others experiences.
avatar
Krazzzzzyhorse

Posts : 5
Join date : 2016-05-26
Location : Housotn Texas

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost Rate of the pile turn

Post  CapeCoddess on 6/8/2016, 6:46 pm

If you put 'compost' in the search box on the left I think that the Berkeley method is about 10 Topics down. That may be what Mel is referring to. I'm not real familiar with it but you could check it out.

CC
avatar
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6522
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 61
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost Rate of the pile turn

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 6/8/2016, 9:45 pm

I second CapeCodesses' recommendation.  The Berkeley Compost thread has tons of information and because we've written over a long period of time and many piles you'll glean a lot from our experience. 

I love the Berkeley system.  It's hard work to turn that frequently, but if you're able it's amazing to watch it breaking down before your eyes.  Very Happy
avatar
audrey.jeanne.roberts

Posts : 1918
Join date : 2012-12-07
Location : Central Calif Mtns.

View user profile http://audreyjeanne-roberts.artistwebsites.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost Rate of the pile turn

Post  sanderson on 6/9/2016, 2:19 am

Ditto. Requires minimum size, thorough watering, high temperature, proper carbon-nitrogen ration, frequent turning and a compost thermometer. Love it. http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t18500-compost-berkeley-18-day-hot-method?highlight=18+berkeley

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 15205
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 69
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost Rate of the pile turn

Post  Krazzzzzyhorse on 6/9/2016, 4:40 pm

Sanderson, thanks for the tip on the Berkley method, I googled it and found what I needed.
http://vric.ucdavis.edu/pdf/compost_rapidcompost.pdf
Really awesome A to Z article on the whole process and a very quick read.
avatar
Krazzzzzyhorse

Posts : 5
Join date : 2016-05-26
Location : Housotn Texas

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost Rate of the pile turn

Post  sanderson on 6/9/2016, 11:50 pm


____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 15205
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 69
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost Rate of the pile turn

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