Composting in the Shade - Knowledgebase Question

Malden, WV
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Question by mstump
March 15, 1998
This past weekend I built a compost bin.It measures 40 x 40 x 40.I made it from 2 x 4's and surrounded it with chicken wire.I want to place it behind my garage. It stays shady behind my garage all day. Can I still compost in the shade?

Answer from NGA
March 15, 1998
Absolutely! The heat is generated from "within" the compost itself. The sun helps, but is definitely not necessary. I've never had a compost bin in the sun. I think we all tend to put them in the most unobtrusive spot...and most often that's in the shade.

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