Moonhowl said:Hi David,my heap is 1\1\1 meter now it is very soggy so i poked holes for air.it is very heavy to turn to lift
Depending on the size of your compost heap, dead /dry leaves and a shovel or pitchfork will do the trick. If the compost heap is fairly small, simply turning the contents with a shovel/fork will keeps things aired. If it is a closed barrel or drum, tipping and rolling the drum will work. If you are adding newspaper, it is best to tear it into strips rather than just heaping the paper in as the strips mix more easily. We use a shredder for personal papers and add them to the compost also.
If the compost is kept in a barrel with an open bottom, you might consider a second barrel or bin and move the compost between them to keep it aerated.
Horntoad said:You a balance of carbon/nitrogen not wet/dry. The entire pile should be moist not wet. I would not add any inorganic material like rocks and styrofoam to it. Like Jean said you want to use newspaper be sure to tear it up or run through a paper shredder and mix it in real well. Wet newspaper tends to mat up and doesn't decompose well if is just thrown in all together.
To me the best way to keep it aerated is just to turn with a shovel/pitchfork or if the pile is to large use an aerating to like this.
Yard Butler ICA-36 Compost Aerator
greene said:Do you have access to straw? Some of our best compost heaps contained the used straw bedding from the rabbit hutches. Each piece of straw is a hollow tube and provided good air circulation. We did the layers of brown (leaves and straw), green (garden trimmings), adding a shovel full of manure and a handful of native soil with each layer. We usually let nature water the compost and turned it often. Ours was a 3-bin type. We didn't use newspapers or sticks/branches because we learned from experience that made it too hard to turn.
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