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    "done" compost bin almost empty:
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    Got next years replacement batch cooking:
    Grass tall enough, mowed & got 4 mower bags of fresh green clippings.
    I emptied the compost bin & fluffed it up & mixed in some 22-4-4 fertilizer & fresh grass clipping.
    Added a little water, not much, the stuff I pulled out was good & damp.
    Covered & will let it cook to August & start a new batch.

    Should be good & hot in a few days.

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    mudbuddy had good advice. You would like your compost to get hot, but there is no reason to let it compost until it gets cold. I prefer to add hot compost to the soil, as you lose less nitrogen to the air that way. It can be dangerous to top dress with hot compost, but if you are mixing it into the soil with a tiller or a broadfork, I figure that hotter is better.

    I segregrate "weedy" debris, and mix it into my compost when I know it will be hot. That way I never need to worry about not using my compost because the weeds haven't been killed. Kitchen and hunting scraps don't have weeds.

    The only thing I don't compost is plastic and glossy newsprint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HikerDan View Post
    mudbuddy had good advice. You would like your compost to get hot, but there is no reason to let it compost until it gets cold.
    +1

    This batch is next years compost.

    Only been aerated & mixed 2 days;
    Up to 105°F today, 6" in.

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    Cleaned out the compost bin,
    stored the "done" compost for next year.

    Emptying the Garden now for the New batch
    Got most everything in the compost bin .

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    man now I need to run around and find more pallets....just dug all the taters tonight, great day for digging....rainy and cool LOL!

    so 4 pallets, chicken mesh and some pipe to get going...just dump it in and get it wet and let it go?

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    "so 4 pallets, chicken mesh and some pipe to get going...just dump it in and get it wet and let it go?"

    Damp is key , not wet.
    But yea, let MN do her thing.

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    Grass was growing enough to get some fresh green clipping to empty & mix the compost bin.
    Another Spring chore done 2 weeks early this year
    (Several dandelion blooms in the mix, )

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    Had 140° 6" deep in the compost bin yesterday .
    Cooking good

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    Garden gold

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    Default Bin Pics

    Photo bucket deleted the photo of the bin
    !#&$%ards

    Pallet bin:
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    Large bin:
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