Another 2020 To-Do List Item: Aeration In Compost Pile
|Via Dummies.com - Adding a pipe to aid in air flow of a compost pile. This is not my photo - original here.|
From this Dummies.com post - comes this idea of adding a piece of PVC pipe with holes bore into it to add air flow (and even water flow to keep the pile wet) to a compost pile. That image at the top of this post isn't my image - it is from that very Dummies.com post.
The last time I looked at my compost pile (we have a 3 bin system) was when I had thrown in about half of our Fall leaves and began to use the second bin for storage of carbon (leaves). To speed up the decomposition, I'm going to try to add some nitrogen (likely Milorganite) this Winter and try to turn it a couple of times - if I get myself a new pitchfork.
One other tip that I found via The Compost Gardener is not using too big of a pipe:
A great option is using PVC pipes drilled every few inches with 1/2 inch or 1 cm size holes. Use about 2 inch pipe. Larger pipes have a tendency to cool the pile down too much.2" pvc pipe is largest pipe that will provide some air, but not slow the decomposition down too terribly much. Good to know!