Composting pine needles (pine straw)
I'm a composting newbie.
My property has "regular" leaves and pine needles (pine straw) mixed together -- about 20-30% pine straw. I've read conflicting reports about pine needle acidity and the speed of decomposition.
If I compost this mix, will the pine needles remain relatively decomposed when the other leaves have finished composting? Can I then sift out or otherwise remove the pine needles?
Do I need to supplement with a lot of other brown materials?
Or is it all more trouble than it's worth?
I have a new tumbler composter.
Thanks for any insights,