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turning my piles

Posted by njitgrad 6A/6B New Jersey (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 23, 13 at 1:59

Following up on a post regarding the frequency of turning composts piles, below is a link to a video of me turning my compost piles today. Any comments are always appreciated. The compost piles in the video were started in early October with mostly lawn clippings, then I think I overdid it when I added leaves in mid-October. Ever since then I've been trying to catch up with greens adding them in as soon as my kitchen scrap container is full (every 2-3 days).

The complete video (after I shrunk it down) is a little over 2 minutes long.

Here is a link that might be useful: turning compost piles

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RE: turning my piles

  • Posted by carrieb 7 Philadelphia (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 23, 13 at 21:38

Looks like you're doing a great job! Having a "suboptimal" green/brown balance will make the breaking down process take longer, but it won't make your compost substandard, so I wouldn't worry too much about that.

I think you might be able to transfer your compost-in-the-making quicker & easier with a garden fork rather than the edging spade you're using - at least, that's what I use and I get more stuff with each scoop.

RE: turning my piles

  • Posted by pt03 2b Southern Manitob (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 23, 13 at 22:36

As Carrie said, there is nothing wrong with having a high C:N ratio. Adding your kitchen trimmings will only help. IMO leaves are the best C materials bar none and there is no way you can have too many. If it's not going to rain, I might have sprayed a bit of water onto the leaves as you turned. They looked a bit dry and with the visible moisture escaping as you turned it might be an idea to add some. Other than that, it looks like you are enjoying yourself and that's a big plus in my book.


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