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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 5:19 pm 
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If I can compost in Alaska, anywhere in the lower 48 should be allot faster & easier.
Big Garden compost bin last Fall (Sept):
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I'll be adding 3 - 3" air pipes on the bottom for the next batch. I know now, the bottom air pipes really help. A much better 1/2 done batch with the small pipes, more air will help. Lots of shrinkage.
Just pilled the front doors off:
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You can see it needs more time, stringy, leafy, moldy, , I'll mix in fresh grass clippings & let it work (cook) until August, then store the done compost in the "done bin". Then I have compost for next spring ready to go.
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Small pallet bin, leaves grass, kitchen scraps, top 6" will be "seed for the next batch. I'll pull off the top layer that needs some more of Mother Nature's work, & mix in leaves & grass as I get it. When it's almost full, I'll empty & mix in fresh grass clippings, moisten & then add/mix to the top thru the summer with my kitchen/garden scraps, cover this fall. Do it again next spring.
It compacted pretty good thru the winter. (all today's pics)
You can see the shrinkage, it was full. I added kitchen scraps to it thru all last summer, mixing in just the top layer.
Bottom 2/3 rds is "done" good compost.
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Hope this helps. Composting is fun & rewarding. Some work but "FUN WORK" & great outdoor exercise.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:30 pm 
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Batch done
emptied bin into done bin for next springs garden
Started new batch,


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:10 am 
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Looks like great stuff! That's a good idea to make a bin to hold the finished product. That's what I should do so I don't have to fight stinging nettle roots and runners whenever I need to load some up. I've been using a lot of leaf mold in my new garden boxes, along with some native soil and chicken compost. The plants in the box we made last year are doing great in that mix.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:49 pm 
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I've been told by a few folks that you can't grow in 100% compost.
Just don't tell my plants, they've done great this year.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:42 pm 
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This years batch is almost froze. probably not cooking much.
It has shrunk by about 1/3, re-boot with fresh grass clipping come spring. :)

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:39 pm 
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I know the weeds grow well in the resulting compost from the leaves that break down on our gravel road!

I'd imagine your piles are done for now. We've had an unusually dry and cold few weeks and I have some partially frozen piles. We don't get a lot of sun on our land this time of year, so things don't thaw out as much when It gets up to 40 degrees, but it's supposed to start raining again and that will thaw things out, unless the temps drop again and give us freezing rain. I hope not!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:32 pm 
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Amazing, you get any 50 pound cabbages in your garden.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:00 am 
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I grew a few OS Cross, 50lbs maybe bigger. They got huge.
Lots of cool sunny days, all Brassica grow pretty good here.

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