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Why has my compost pile taken root?

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Why has my compost pile taken root?

Post  NHGardener on 9/25/2011, 3:34 pm

Okay, I confess, I don't turn my compost pile much. I throw things in there most every day - food scraps, paper towels, coffee grounds, etc., along with the occasional grass clippings - and I kind of figure the chickens will scrape it all around because they like to go in there and treasure hunt. But today I finally hoisted the pitchfork to cover the scraps I had brought out today and... uh oh. It was a big root mass. I'm thinking the grass from underneath? I don't have anything showing signs of growth in there, it's just some kind of root system.

The good news is there were earthworms in every rooted clod I was able to pitchfork over.

Is there hope for my compost pile, or am I doomed? Seriously, I've never heard of a compost pile taking root.

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Post  camprn on 9/25/2011, 3:42 pm

That's fine! I use a flat edge shovel at the very bottom of my compost pile to cut through the hair roots that grow up into it the compost pile from the nearby trees. The hair roots will decompose. Congratulations on your turning! Wink

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Re: Why has my compost pile taken root?

Post  NHGardener on 9/25/2011, 7:24 pm

Oh! I didn't expect that to be normal or healthy. Good, I'm much relieved. Smile

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