Compost Pile Update and Turning - September 2022
I mentioned a few days ago that I had begun to empty the compost tumbler and spreading the black gold out in the beds out front as a soil amendment. Having that tumbler empty means that I can begin to tackle the other two bins. Below is a photo showing the current state (early September) of the two bins. Of note, you'll see in the bin on the left AND in the wheelbarrow, I have recently added a big batch of grass clippings and thatch that I removed from our backyard. Both bins are full up to the top.
I began to turn these piles by starting to empty the bins. The bin on the right is a proper mix of greens and browns. And has passive aeration in it. The bin on the left was empty up until last Fall when I filled it up with mulched-up leaves. It was (then) mostly browns. And now, it is topped with grass - mostly greens.
So, these bins need three things: first...pulling out of the most-done compost material that I can fill up the tumbler to get a batch of 'finished' material next year. That is going to come out of the bottom two-thirds of the right bin. From there, I need to empty out both bins to 'turn' all of the material. And, finally, I need to mix the browns/greens together to get the right mix. Then...add in a series of layers of alfalfa cube sludge to speed up the process.
I started to empty the bins and here's how it looks with half of the bin on the right emptied: