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Storing Compost

Posted by Cincinnati none (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 9, 13 at 7:38

How long can finished compost be stored without beneficial bacteria dying off?

I usually dump my cooked compost from barrel chambers into 32 gal Rubbermade trash cans. After about 3 months, I sift it thru a 1/4" screen and place the fines into another 32 gal Rubbermade can until I need it - sometimes a year later, other times maybe it is used immediately.

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RE: Storing Compost

Compost keeps.

The fungi, bacteria, and microorganisms are active DURING the composting process, not so much at the end.

When the composting process is finished, they move or die off. If I expressed this incorrectly, someone will correct me.

RE: Storing Compost

You can store them in barrels, plastic bags, or make a pile and cover it with plastic, to keep it dry. Once the compost is finished then you don't need them anymore . Job well done, thank you, good by.

RE: Storing Compost

If the bacteria, fungi, etc., were active only during the composting process then what causes compost in the soil to "disappear"?
How long you can store finished compost depends on the temperature and moisture levels it is stored at, but the bacteria are active, somewhat slower, all the time in compost. The dryer the compost is when stored the less bacterial activity there will be and the longer you can keep it. The bacteria will not die off although they will go dormant.
That sais the single best place for finished compost is in the soil.

RE: Storing Compost

If it's not completely dry it will continue to decompose very slowly and shrink accordingly.

Although it will keep, I agree the best time to use it is right when it's done.

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