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
» Three Sisters Square Foot garden
by CapeCoddess Today at 1:28 pm

» New England June 2017
by CapeCoddess Today at 1:23 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by CapeCoddess Today at 1:21 pm

» What to Grow through Very Hot Summers
by newbeone Today at 1:15 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Today at 1:12 pm

» Does the SFG concept work for perennials?
by LynnF Today at 1:05 pm

» Watering
by newbeone Today at 1:01 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by CapeCoddess Today at 1:00 pm

» 2017 corn pictures
by yolos Today at 1:00 pm

» Baby Food
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:58 pm

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by sanderson Today at 12:24 pm

» Cinnamon, Fungus, and Gnats
by yolos Today at 11:03 am

» Trellis
by CapeCoddess Today at 10:39 am

» Pepper argument who's right
by CapeCoddess Today at 10:35 am

» Question About Strawberries
by AtlantaMarie Today at 7:37 am

» Big Bug ?
by sanderson Today at 3:12 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson Today at 1:07 am

» New squash in a hurry
by RC3291 Yesterday at 11:09 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by yolos Yesterday at 11:02 pm

» Buzz Pollinators
by yolos Yesterday at 9:29 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in JUNE 2017
by Fiz Yesterday at 9:14 pm

» N & C Midwest--It is JUNE!!!! Garden Time!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:48 pm

» Poppy seeds - Hungarian Blue Breadseed
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:09 pm

» A really, really Frugal Gardener
by Fiz Yesterday at 8:06 pm

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 7:15 pm

» Tomato - Snow Fairy
by quiltbea Yesterday at 6:11 pm

» Fall Planting
by newbeone Yesterday at 5:26 pm

» Jaffa's garden - year one
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:14 pm

» Texas Dream garden 2017
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:29 pm

» Should I cover plants while away
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:17 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Page 11 of 11 Previous  1, 2, 3 ... 9, 10, 11

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Re: TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Post  trolleydriver on 6/19/2017, 5:38 pm

Been away for a few days so there have been no temp readings for the past 5 days. Today Bin #1 is at 118F which means it is still in the "active" composting range.


____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 3206
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Post  trolleydriver on 6/20/2017, 6:28 pm

Temp in Bin #1 is 118F which is unchanged from the previous day. After taking the temperature reading, I poked holes from the top down in the composting material and stirred the material in the holes.



____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 3206
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Post  trolleydriver on 6/21/2017, 12:49 pm

Bin #1 is down to 113F from 118F yesterday.


____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 3206
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Post  sanderson Yesterday at 1:19 pm

How does it look? Good enough as top dressing when it cools?

____________________________

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

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13983
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Post  trolleydriver Yesterday at 1:24 pm

@sanderson wrote:How does it look?  Good enough as top dressing when it cools?
It still seems to be quite chunky but I have not dug down into the middle. I'll let it cool a bit and then screen it.  I would like to get a new batch started soon. As well my SoilSaver bin is just about empty and my Envirocycle bin is empty. All need to be started.

____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 3206
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Post  trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:32 pm

I dug out some of the material in the middle of Bin #1.  I am somewhat disappointed that it has not broken down more. sanderson, please let me know what you think about this.




Close-up.




Temp in Bin #1 is down to 110F.


____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 3206
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Post  trolleydriver Yesterday at 6:57 pm

I got the EnviroCycle Compost Tumbler set up this afternoon. They recommend filling it up but I fell short since I don't have enough greens. I put in semi-dried grass clippings from the lawn mowing earlier today, coffee grounds and filters, stored kitchen scraps, today's kitchen scraps, and leaves from last Fall. I'll have to add more greens and browns and adjust the ratios over the next few days as I fill it up. I should note that I do not find it all that easy to turn. The starting temperature is at 76F which is the ambient outdoor temperature today.  I'll call this Bin #3.





____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 3206
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Post  sanderson Today at 2:58 am

Bin #1 compost looks like mine.  I used about half of it so far as top dressing/mulch.  The Red Wigglers are loving it.  They are flocking the the interface zone between the MM and the compost.  Also, the compost gets really wet when I water.

I know Jimmy Cee has a composter like #3 but I think he called it just a toy (??) as he has that great 3-section compost bin.  I can see your point about this model being hard to turn.  It's low to the ground and the finger grips are shallow.  It looks like it would be easier to just roll it around on the ground. Wink

The used model I bought is higher with deep finger grips so I turn it using the triceps (bat wings) and my weight.  Easy on the back.  Also, it is set up in the flower bed about 5" higher still.

____________________________

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

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13983
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Post  trolleydriver Today at 1:12 pm

Bin #1 (3x3x3)  - down very slightly to 108F.

Bin #3 (EnviroCycle) - up from 76F at start to 97F today. The current outside temperature is 74F.





____________________________

Ottawa, Canada
Find more about Weather in Ottawa, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 3206
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 69
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 11 of 11 Previous  1, 2, 3 ... 9, 10, 11

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


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