Compost pile and making it cook
I built a compost bin about a week ago out of a few old pallets. It sits on bare ground and has a lid so I can control how moist it stays. I started with too much carbon (sawdust and cardboard) but I also started it with a healthy dose of vegetable scraps.
When I realized that I had added way too much carbon or brown materials so I piled in a bucket of cow manure and mixed that it in. I also added a bucket of soil from the woods so I could help introduce more microbes quicker.
The pile temp had gone up in one of the corners by a few degrees but I was hoping for more. So yesterday I cut the lawn and added about 2-3 gallons of grass clippings and today the clippings are putting off loads of heat and can easily be felt by removing the top portion and holding your hand close.
I was just wondering if grass clippings heat up so quickly because of their nitrogen content. I have some old fertilizer that I could add to the pile if the added nitrogen will help the whole pile heat up faster.
Will adding fertilizer have the effect of fresh grass clippings or is there something else about the clippings that causes heat to build so quickly?