Seems the cold is all over the country last few days.Average high 33 degree here last 4 days....
Built this leaf compost pile 3 days ago...I use dehydrated alfalfa meal as the nitrogen(heat Boost)....Luckily i have 3 finished piles from last few years and only need one pile this year....Leaves are shredded,but top ones were(whole) from around the pile.
Pile is 24'x4 fencing in a circle...The black is breathable landscaping fabric for keeping the compost in as it gets finer...
Alex, you crack me up! Isn't that like saying "Tricked out No. 2 pencil".
Seriously, you and your garden are beyond amazing. The trouble is, I could have a barge full of your compost, and I would still kill crabgrass...I guess I will just have to watch in amazement. Bravo to you for doing it right.
I layer the alfalfa meal every 6 inches of the pile...I will need to water in a few weeks or when the temp goes below 100 degree..
30-1 ratio of carbon(leaves) to Nitrogen(alfalfa) is the best ratio and i have figured how to hit it about right,so pile goes right to work.
That pile shredded was from just one of the piles like i started above and was started january 2009.I will add more leaves to the fresh pile soon.This ways i get alot more finished product.If i leave that new pile alone it would drop down to half of cage in few weeks and i want alot of compost so i keep adding more for a few weeks...I usually end up with less then 50% of added to piles original size- double shredded.
I add thousands of earthworms from my veggie compost to the finished piles.I add calcitic limestone to some of compost(a year in advance) that alkaline liking plants like-Peppers etc...
Originally Posted by JimmyJoeBob
3 days in that kind of temp? And alfalfa meal was the boost..The end product was amazing..Was all the finished product from the last three piles plus this?