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Denver, CO
May 28, 2020 1:31 PM CST
Hi there!
First time composter here. I have a counter composter and a big composter outside. We've been at it for about 2 months and I feel like it hasn't broken down enough. It's still quite dry and some of the yard stuff we've put in hasn't broken down at all. Any tips or tricks?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 28, 2020 1:41 PM CST

Composting is not instant. The smaller the materials you add, the faster decompostion for happen but, I always gave my compost heaps a year to finish.

You have to water compost piles or they won't decompose. Adding manure helps also.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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May 28, 2020 2:03 PM CST
Compost happens...
Some people try to rush it, and stress over getting the right proportions...
And still... stuff composts out in nature and nobody stresses over the right balance of materials there!

Personally, I find that just piling it out in the vegetable garden works best for me... Or... toss to chickens... let them do all the work of turning, adding nitrogen and whatever... that works too.

What doesn't work for me is attempting to use those composters.

Yeah, city people want to keep things tidy, but it sure is a lot of extra work!

Geoff Lawton video on composting [in 18 days].

Waste of time [to watch] if you ask me... but... maybe someone else will get something from it...
[Last edited by stone - May 28, 2020 2:26 PM (+)]
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