horse manure compost mix
I have a pile of fresh horse manure, 33 five-gallon buckets of it, for composting. My plan is to allow it age for the next 3-4 months until time for springtime planting, hoping it should be good and ready by then to go ahead and add it into the flower garden beds. I am inexperienced and still very much in the learning process of composting and organic soil enrichment methods. I will be turning and working this manure pile frequently which I understand should make the difference to help "speed up" the composting process of the manure. Additionally, I have a separate compost pile which is comprised of a mixture of about 15 wheelbarrowfuls of old dry alder leaves (browns) and about 6-7 five gallon buckets of chopped up produce trimmings/waste from the local grocery store, only a few days old now. My hope/intent is to be able to incorporate both the manure and the leaf/produce mix compost into the garden soil this coming spring. My question at this point is whether it would be good idea at this time to mix my browns/greens mix pile in with the fresh manure (and still proceed with my plan of turning it frequently), or leave the piles separate to let them compost separately and maybe mix together at a later time. My concern is if I mix them all together now that perhaps it might significantly reduce the ability of the manure to heat up, but then on the other hand I'm thinking if the manure were added to my brown/green mix it could significantly help that break down faster. Any comments would be appreciated on what seems to be a reasonable approach here in this regard.