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Fairmont, WV
(Zone 6a)

March 30, 2006
3:30 PM

Post #2150281

Has anyone tried using one of those auger-type things to aerate and turn over their compost, rather than turning over the pile? I have several big piles that are cooking away but the turning-over is heck on my back.

Ffld County, CT
(Zone 6b)

March 30, 2006
11:25 PM

Post #2151346

I don't have one of those augers things exactly, but I have the stick-with-wings type of aerator. It has movable wings on the bottom that are supposed to open up once the stick is stuck into the compost, and then you are supposed to turn it to aerate the pile. Unfortunately, more times than not, the wings get stuck on something and I have a horrible time to pull the darn thing out! But as my piles are small (in diameter) as of yet, I can't really turn them any other way. Hoping to build some real (i.e. larger) piles this spring.

Southern, CT
(Zone 6a)

April 1, 2006
10:27 PM

Post #2156041

I have what Digger has but I have better luck with mine. It works way better than I would have guessed from looking at the tool.
Lombard, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 2, 2006
3:00 AM

Post #2156725

I have that too and like it. I used to use a fork and that was brutal. The stick with wings works great, but does occasionally gets stuck and takes some effort to pull out. I am not positive, but I think I got mine from Garden's Alive with their annual spring coupon.
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

April 2, 2006
10:56 PM

Post #2158545

I don't see my compost getting twirled unless I suddenly develop some upper body strength. I turn it from one bin into another with a large shovel. And I do it rarely. Hence I have slow, slow composting.

Maybe I'll try one of them doohickeys.
Lombard, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 3, 2006
3:14 AM

Post #2159209

I am very lazy about my compost also. I still should twirl more often, but when I do it is much easier than with a fork or shovel. Get on the doohickey bandwagon I say.
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

April 3, 2006
3:27 AM

Post #2159257

I'm developing an idea that hasn't come to fruition. I'm going to get a grain auger and cut it in to 3 sections 4' long and weld a gear on the end of each one. The two outer augers will turn to the right and the inner one to the left. This I will power with the electric motor that came with the old auger to a chain rotating the three augers placed off the ground about 4 ". This will be at the bottom of my compost pile and when turned on will auger/cut/mix/and push the lower contents out to the front of my pile where I can lift the contents back into the top of the pile. My fork will do this rather easily I feel with the chopped up contents off the bottom.
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

April 4, 2006
1:18 AM

Post #2161405

Steve when you get your suger invention made, show us a photo. Sounds interesting.

Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

April 4, 2006
3:05 AM

Post #2161690

kind of like this in general function:

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Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

April 4, 2006
10:47 PM

Post #2163919

I think it's Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm down here who uses pigs to turn his huge compost heaps. He calls it the pigaerator system.

Out driving the other day, I saw one of those little bobcats for sale and almost did something crazy.

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