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    Default Compost bin -Time to get it "cooking" - empty/refill

    Emptied out the compost bin
    Was last years garden & grass & leaves batch
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    Mixed in a small bin with fish carcasses from last year
    Added/mixed in some fresh grass clipping get it cooking
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    Default Cooking compost

    Hope to get it up to 140° in a few days
    Will cover & let it cook.
    Should be done by August.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbuddy View Post
    Hope to get it up to 140° in a few days
    Will cover & let it cook.
    Should be done by August.
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    Looking good. I finally got my lawn cut for the first time this season, but I didn't save anything for the compost pile as it was all dead grass and spruce cones.. I did bag it all though, so if anyone wants it for their compost pile let me know and the two big bags are free to a good home.

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    Just built my first one.
    Right next to my chicken coop. For ease of adding to it as I clean the coop.
    It's a mix of lawn clippings plus the chicken waste mixed with pine shavings.
    Will add some other stuff as summer goes along.
    I hope this mix will make some decent compost for me.
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    Default Done "Alaska Compost"

    Compost is done,
    "Done" bin filled
    Will be putting garden plant in the cooking bin & mixing with leaves & grass
    Peas & bean plants will be the first .
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbuddy View Post
    Compost is done,
    "Done" bin filled
    Will be putting garden plant in the cooking bin & mixing with leaves & grass
    Peas & bean plants will be the first .
    I always run the pea vines through the lawnmower before I toss them in the compost bin. Helps them to break down quicker (IMHO). I still have some peas to pick before I tear them down. The beans didn't do very well this year. I've still got carrots to dig, but the lady in charge of laundry and morale wants me to wait till after the first frost. In her opinion they are sweeter then... Ok... I've already got a winters supply blanched and frozen. I'm thinking of running the remainder through a dehydrator and see how that works for storage.

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    Emptied my compost bin today
    Mowed grass & mixed in grass clippings
    & some 22-4-4 to get it cooking for the summer.
    Usually done by the end of August

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    I need to empty my full bin into my garden and till it in.
    It has a years worth of chicken waste, pine shavings, grass clippings, leaves, food scraps, and 90+ Kenai red salmon carcasses.
    Those salmon sure got it cooking and were cooked down completely in just a couple of weeks or so.
    Then I need to add a divider to divide my big bin into two smaller ones.
    It has a winter's worth of chicken manure, pine shavings and food scraps the chickens don't eat in it.
    Once divided I'll start blending it with leaves and grass clippings.
    Then into the second bin and when number two is full I'll transfer it into the third "finishing" bin.
    This is my first homeade compost.
    Can't wait to see how it does.


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    Default Compost Bin 115°

    Friday (5-17-19) I emptied the compost bin & mixed in
    fresh grass clippings & 22-4-4 fertilizer as I refilled.
    Was plenty damp , no need to add any
    water.
    "Cooking" great. Hope to get to 130° to 140° which is supposed to kill all weed seeds.
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    Up to 115° F this morning.

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    Default Done 2018-2019 compost

    Takes about 1 full year to get "'Done" compost.
    Emptying compost bin to the "Done" bin for next springs planting.
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    Compost bin ready for new batch, "done" bin full
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