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
» Sprouted Onion Question
by No_Such_Reality Today at 7:01 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 6:40 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing December 2016
by sanderson Today at 6:21 pm

» California's Drought
by sanderson Today at 6:11 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 6:07 pm

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson Today at 6:00 pm

» Greenhouse dreams
by sanderson Today at 5:58 pm

» New England, December 2016
by CapeCoddess Today at 5:49 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by plantoid Today at 5:47 pm

» CHALLENGE - Smallest possible footprint
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 5:05 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Today at 4:56 pm

» Anyone out there tried crosne tubers?
by llama momma Today at 2:20 pm

» 1,000 worms on their way....
by llama momma Today at 2:16 pm

» Garbanzo (Chickpeas, Cicer arietinum) and Kidney Beans
by llama momma Today at 1:59 pm

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by Ginger Blue Today at 1:57 pm

» New Member
by AtlantaMarie Today at 7:29 am

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by AtlantaMarie Today at 7:24 am

» Calcium and Magnesium Deficiency
by sanderson Today at 2:14 am

» N&C Midwest: December 2016
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:32 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:29 pm

» Facebook - SFG Foundation postings
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:32 pm

» Mid-South: December 2016
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 7:40 am

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:16 am

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver 12/8/2016, 5:21 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by donnainzone5 12/8/2016, 12:13 pm

» Garlic: Freeze, thaw, and heave
by camprn 12/8/2016, 7:05 am

» GF Collard Greens, Kale Recipes
by BeetlesPerSqFt 12/7/2016, 12:49 pm

» Bon fires on the Levee
by Cajun Cappy 12/6/2016, 12:17 pm

» Mid-Atl - Dec 2016 - Seed Catalog ?
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:24 pm

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals 12/5/2016, 12:06 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Compost is an amazing process :)

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Compost is an amazing process :)

Post  HPartin on 5/23/2011, 2:49 pm

I am amazed to how fast my compost is composting after adding alfalfa to it.

I had a very dead compost pile with oak leaves and kitchen scraps. I kept adding kitchen scraps but the compost would never heat up. I would stir it and talk to it but nothing every happened. So, I decided to re-do it. I have a black bin to put it in. I emptied it out and restarted it by layering what I already had with composted horse manure (which I thought would benefit from some heating to kill weed seeds), and alfalfa hay which I bought compressed at a feed store and straw. I also threw about 50 spent pansy plants which I had pulled out of a bed. The pile was 140 degrees 24 hours later.

I poked it with a composting tool (stick with wings on the end) every day for two weeks.

Today I slipped off the bin and placed it beside the pile to add it all back in and my goodness. It is almost all composted! Still a little hot so still working but I am so happy. I couldn't find any pansy plants, vegetables, eggs, sticks, or anything. I could still make out the straw and alfalfa in some spots because it had gotten compressed. But in a few weeks I think it will be done and useable. I am excited. No more searching for the "right" compost at the nursery! Now I have to go buy a vegetable stacker to screen it Smile.

Heidi

HPartin

Female Posts : 120
Join date : 2011-02-14
Location : 7b (Angier, NC)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost is an amazing process :)

Post  Furbalsmom on 5/23/2011, 4:48 pm

Heidi,

Congratulations! Sounds like the alfalfa hay, straw and pansy plants did it for you. Of course, pulling it all out of the composter and re-doing the pile probably helped too. It is amazing how fast a working pile composts.

Did your oak leaves compost that quickly too?

Furbalsmom

Female Posts : 3141
Join date : 2010-06-10
Age : 69
Location : Coastal Oregon, Zone 9a, Heat Zone 2 :(

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost is an amazing process :)

Post  HPartin on 5/23/2011, 6:00 pm

@Furbalsmom wrote:Did your oak leaves compost that quickly too?


Yes! I had no way to chop them up so they have been sitting in the bin since the fall and hadn't composted AT ALL. I was so frustrated. My oak leaves are from a willow oak which has a very thin, thick leaf. They had turned black but that's it. Today I saw very few cheers ! I even had a few magnolia seed pods that are really thick similiar to a pine cone. They hadn't composted completely but they had gotten really soft. That surprised me.

For the next set of leaves, I am going to chop them with my new mother's day present: a leaf blower than vacuums and mulches! I can' t wait to try it out!

Heidi

HPartin

Female Posts : 120
Join date : 2011-02-14
Location : 7b (Angier, NC)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost is an amazing process :)

Post  WardinWake on 5/23/2011, 8:16 pm

@HPartin wrote:
@Furbalsmom wrote:Did your oak leaves compost that quickly too?


Yes! I had no way to chop them up so they have been sitting in the bin since the fall and hadn't composted AT ALL. I was so frustrated. My oak leaves are from a willow oak which has a very thin, thick leaf. They had turned black but that's it. Today I saw very few cheers ! I even had a few magnolia seed pods that are really thick similiar to a pine cone. They hadn't composted completely but they had gotten really soft. That surprised me.

For the next set of leaves, I am going to chop them with my new mother's day present: a leaf blower than vacuums and mulches! I can' t wait to try it out!

Heidi

Howdy Heidi:

You know you ae a Square Foot Gardener when you get a leaf blower/mulcher for Mother's Day and it was what you wanted!


God Bless, Ward and Mary.

WardinWake

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 935
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 66
Location : Wake, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Compost is an amazing process :)

Post  Sponsored content Today at 7:16 pm


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