Am I doing it right?
This year i wanted to try and make my own compost. I think i have more than enough of the needed materials to do so. We have 4 horses in our barn and 37 chickens in our coop so manure isn't an issue i have a 15 foot high pile every 3 months! Most of the manure is a mixture of wood shavings, straw, and a little uneaten hay. About a week ago i took a couple wheel barrow loads of horse and chicken manure mix and layered it with pine needles and and chopped up corn stalks and some coffee grounds the wife had saved. I watered the pile and covered with a black tarp to see what would happen. Checked it today and it was steamy hot when i flipped the 4x4' pile.
My question for you soil experts is, Will this continue to compost well and how long should i let it sit before i turn it?