Labor Day has passed, and the leaves are beginning to turn as the breeze gets cooler. Fall is the best time to start your composting for your next season of gardening!
Here is what you will need to get started:
Now begin thinly layering the piles as follows :
Within 2 weeks a good compost pile will reach 110-160 degrees and that is when you can add additional compostable materials to your pile. Add materials, turn over and mix well. Continue this process after each rain. If it does not rain at least weekly, you will need to water the pile. It is best if to use collected rain water if you can, otherwise use the same source for your garden. Throughout the winter, continue to water the pile and protect it from snow and ice accumulation. Remember, do not over water- you don’t want it too wet. Cover the pile with blanket, just nothing plastic. During winter months only add kitchen scraps to the pile - nothing else is needed, just be sure to aerate the pile when adding scraps.
Feel free to send in any problems you may be having with your pile before next spring.Photo Credits: Kristy Hall & Joi Ito
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