Thursday, June 9, 2011

Update on the Compost Challenge!

We are 9 days into the "Compost Challenge" and things are looking great! We have turned the pile every day with the exception of 1 day when it was non-stop rain. A few days into the challenge the pile got very hot, so hot that it is steaming and it has remained that way. This is a good sign and it means that it is working. If you are interested in the science behind the compost process I encourage you to check out CORNELL Composting.

I believe that they key to making our compost successful is turning of the pile everyday. Not only is this allowing air to reach the center of the pile but it provides a good opportunity to check the vitals of the compost. Is it too wet, to dry, does it smell?

So far, so good. Other then the 20mins it takes to turn the pile it has been very low maintenance.

As we are staying faithful to turning the compost the process is really taking care of it's self.

In our next post on compost we want to provide some ideas on composting bins. If you are composting and would like to share a picture of your bin email it to us and will post it!

Below you can see the difference between Day 1 and today, Day 9. The pile is "smaller" today, which is another good sign.

Day 1

Day 9

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