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  •  Get that compost turned, &, if necessary, watered (11+ / 0-)

    That will speed it along.  It should be as moist as a wrung-out sponge for optimal bacterial activity.  Did it ever get steaming hot back in November/early December?

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    by Leftcandid on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 07:52:11 AM PST

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    •  The weather turned cold pretty fast this year (10+ / 0-)

      so no time to warm up for it.

      The concrete compost bin was a last minute idea for the autumn leaves. Lots and lots of deciduous trees around here. I have a large plastic compost bin and it's doing great. But, the concrete bin is just a 3-sided thing and it's new without all the microbes in there although I did take some compost from my other bin and spread it around in the new one.

      My neighbor voluntarily collected his leaves in bags and brought them to me to fill the new bin.  He supplied leaves, I supplied the alfalfa. We're gonna share the compost in the spring.

      I'll probably turn it all today and add the bloodmeal and then cover it with a heavy plastic to keep in the heat. See if that helps it cook.

      It's a huge bin, but it is doing something because the leaf/alfalfa mix is down to half its original height.

      One may live without bread, but not without roses.
      ~Jean Richepin
      Bread & Roses

      by bronte17 on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:13:58 AM PST

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