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Post  newstart on 1/2/2012, 5:50 pm

Ok I have started 2 piles that I have been working now for a few months. Being such a newbie at this I have alot of questions.



My piles are mixed up with lots of grass clippings, leaves all kinds of kitchen scraps, veggie peels, fruits peels, egg shells and just about what ever I have read that is ok to put in there.. I think my neighbors think I am crazy for stealing their leaves and grass What a Face I have found out that my compost piles are cold so more of a slower process. Right?

well they start off nice and tall and will shrink down. I turned the the other day and saw tons of big fat rollie pollies and other critters. Is this ok? What are your thoughts

Should I heat up my pile?
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 1/2/2012, 6:17 pm

Bugs should be fine. They are feeding off things in the pile and helping it break down, too. Imo, the only bummer about cold composting is that it doesn't kill weed seeds. I don't need the speed. I'll have more than I can use either way before too long.
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Post  newstart on 1/2/2012, 7:57 pm

Ok so should I heat these piles up so that way it will kill any weed seeds and bad stuff if that could be possible?

and how do I heat the pile up?
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Post  camprn on 1/2/2012, 8:47 pm

newstart wrote:Ok so should I heat these piles up so that way it will kill any weed seeds and bad stuff if that could be possible?

and how do I heat the pile up?
It is not really necessary. If it is looking almost done, you could screen it for the finer compost to put in the garden, and throw back the big bits. Didn't that pile heat up some previously? Do you have a photo? What a Face

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 1/2/2012, 11:39 pm

Also, if it's mostly composted, there's hardly any way to heat it up naturally now.

The way, from what I gather, to heat a fresh/new pile up is to layer in your greens and add moisture. My experience is...if it takes, it takes. If not, it's cold composting..again.
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Post  newstart on 1/3/2012, 9:48 am

later this afternoon I will try to take some pictures to see if I am doing this right lol
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