Juat call me the addicted gardener. Have a couple of general questions about compost. My name is Bruce, I live in Gilroy Ca (garlic capital) but I am a 2 year newbie at backyard gardening and many years in containers and balcony.
So I hear them say, I can put just about anything in a compost pile, but in mine I am just putting all my plant waste (flower and garden scraps), Grass clipiings, Tree Prunings, cover crop (oat) clippings and coffee grounds and egg shells. Thats just about all I am putting in there.
I turn over my compost pile about 2x a week and feel the heat. It's not alott but it seems to be compacting to about half its original hiegth eack week.
If I am missing a step, I take all good advise.
My compost bin/pile is 3'x3'x3' 4post/chicken wire with tarp top and sit in the sun about 8-10hrs per day.
also, my tarp cover only covers about the top half of my bin. Should I cover it completely?
sounds like your doing a great job onecool !!
my composts are always in full sun.. i water them every time i turn them..usually 2 times/week..
mine cook down to just less than half too..so thats good..
i dont cover mine ..even in winter..but then the compost is done by nov for me..
keep up the good work ..ya cant have to much compost !!!
Hi my name is Sonny and I am a gardener, a real lazy one! LOL :)
I had a landsacping friend drop off A LOT of grass clippings, leafs and thatch last fall and I would say it is about a quarter of its size. This was put into an area that has yet to be developed. I figure I won't get to developing it next summer either because of other projects in the garden so I will rake out what is left and pile on some more. At least it cut down on the weeds by about 90% while improving the dirt.
I did have a cana come up in this mass of compost! HUH? This is Colorado, go figure.
Ha ha, some body probably pulled up a sprout or chunk of Canna while weeding, or dug it while thatching.
You probably COULD eat those pumpkin sprouts. The groundhog came thru my garden once and ate all the leaves off my youngish pumpkin vines.
i put spoiled/damaged heirloom tomatoes in compost im leaving for use next yr..i bet
ya i get tomato plants out of there..LOL
we are finally having leaves fall now..now if people would just start bagging them up..
LOL i plan to pick up alot of leaves this yr again.. they are free (except gas to pick up) and mow down..
during spring/summer i probably turn mine to much..i should let the temps get up there a bit more before turning..
guess if i added more manure id get hotter temps faster..
good luck to ya all compost enthusiasts!!!!!
If you have access to paper trash, shredded paper, sawdust, stale straw, or brown leaves, you could add bulk to your pile and increase the amount you harvest from it. The etxra green nitrogen may make it a little richer, but you soil would thank you if it was easy to double the amount of organic matter left in the digested final product.
I noticed "Tree Prunings" in the OP. I bet those are the slowest part to break down! If you kept the branches and twigs separate, you might be able to use the rest of the compost weeks or months earlier, without screening out left-over wood.
Or you could chop up the branches with a lawn-mower, and a recently-sharpened lawnmower blade.
Or look up "hugelculture": gardening on top of woodpiles.