compost piles - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by morris35
July 21, 2010
How long do I feed my compost before I stop/ I have the same one I started with last fall and I have all the glass clipings to start one Any help would be great. Thanks

Answer from NGA
July 21, 2010
As long as you continue to add fresh material to your compost bin/pile, it will continue to be in a state of partial decomposition and will never be truly finished. I'd start a new pile with your fresh grass clippings and allow the compost you started last fall to finish decomposing. In fact, I usually screen my compost about this time of year, using the finished compost that falls through the screen and returning the material that has yet to break down back into the compost pile. Do this now, then add whatever is leftover to your fresh grass clippings to begin the composting process all over again. If you don't have a screen you can make a frame out of two by three's or two by four's and attach screening material that has 1 to 2 inch wide holes. Set the finished frame over a wheelbarrow and pile a shovelful or two of compost on the screen. Either shake the screen or push it back and forth over the wheelbarrow. The finished compost will fall through the holes; the larger pieces that still need more decompostion time can be returned to the compost pile. Best wishes with your compost!

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