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Post  trolleydriver on 7/16/2017, 1:38 pm

Bin #2 (plastic SoilSaver) has been reloaded with the second batch for 2017. Temperature after loading was 70F on Friday July 14. Then yesterday it was up to 110F and today it's at 132F.

Bin #3 (EnviroCycle tumbler) continues to hover around 100F with temps of 102, 100 and 102 over the last three readings.

Outside temperature at the time of the readings was 77F.







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Post  sanderson on 7/16/2017, 11:41 pm

#2 is really taking off!

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Post  trolleydriver on 7/19/2017, 3:06 pm

Bin #2 (SoilSaver) - Temps for 3 days - 134, 146, 147F - nice!

Bin #3 (EnviroCycle) - Remains steady with 3 day temps of 103, 107, 106F.






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Post  sanderson on 7/20/2017, 2:51 am

Looks like #3 is still doing some composting, which is a good thing at that temp and your air temp. "Mesophilic organisms (actinomycetes) . . . reassert themselves. . . the decay of the most resistant plant component, lignin, is completed."

My Lifetime bin is down to 120*F, day 19.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 7/20/2017, 7:11 pm

Sooooo.... I unintentionally made great compost without intending to.  My "potato" buckets were 1/2 compost and 1/2 a soil mix that I buy that works really well.  I added about 12 inches of wood chips or straw on top as the plants were growing.  They were growing in 55 gallon food grade plastic barrels cut in half.  

The plastic kept the moisture so high and the blue color attracted the heat so much that the potatoes did really well until about 1/2 way through and then they began to shrivel up before flowering.  I finally stuck my hand down in there and harvested a few, but must had grown large and rotted.  I stuck my hand in the slime of many of them *ewwwwwww!*  I found large pockets where they once were and many red wigglers in those pockets.

My theory is that the material remained too moist and the heat and worms turned every piece of material into worm casting laden super compost.  I now have about 300 gallons of it made up, lol!  I planted squash seeds for the second half of the season.  After they're done growing I think I will use the compost on my raised beds and start over again for next year with a standard Mel's mix.  That's what I get for taking short cuts  tongue
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Post  sanderson Yesterday at 8:01 pm

Very Happy

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