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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:49 pm
Joined: Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:51 pmPosts: 307Location: Alaska
I emptied the garden compost bin. I looks like it cooked good.
I think this is "the best compost" because it has all the trace element the plants need, since it was made from the plants themselves (sounds corny but I think so anyway)
I filled the "done" bin & have some left which I can use it to top off the soil boxes & let it winter over there.
This was everything from last falls garden & greenhouse, mixed with HM, fresh grass some clippings & leaves + kitchen scraps. I mixed it this spring & it has been there since May. I think the air pipes helped since it was pretty uniform all the way thru. The bin was at least 2 feet taller when stacked this spring.
just uncovered: (check out the dandelion I let grow, what a root)
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Filling "done" bin:
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Done bin full & still have some left:
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Looks like pretty good stuff, broccoli stem hollow but to tough for the bugs to eat:
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:38 am
User avatarJoined: Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:12 pmPosts: 139Location: Richmond, VA Zone 7
WOW :shock: Very nicely done. Hope I have the same success next year when I build my pile this Fall.



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:46 am
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:02 pmPosts: 1927Location: PNW
Looks great! It makes me want to put more effort into my scrap pile. :) I was thinking of getting another load of chicken manure for that purpose.

That's a very healthy weed you grew. Need some seed for more? :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:08 pm
Joined: Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:51 pmPosts: 307Location: Alaska
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WEED???
FYI: They were brought to Alaska by the first settlers. Mostly farmers from north mid west. (Wisconsin, Minnesota area farmer were given land to farm in the Mat-Su valley in the 20's or 30's I think). They didn't know what crops would grow here so the brought dandelions as their source for greens. They have done well here. (Also other plants we call weeds now)

PS: the pile is warming up & I notices some steam/mist coming off of it the AM out of the pipes. :)



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:12 pm
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:02 pmPosts: 1927Location: PNW
Yes WEED. You can have all the seed you want from mine. I have more than enough. :D

It's amazing how fast it starts cooking. My leaf pile heated up last fall, so I'll be curious to see if it does again this year. It never did before and I have no idea why it did that time.


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