Compost Bin Summer Update: Turning, Layering, Reloading - July 2023
I had a little bit of time off earlier this week and I opted to do some annual compost program maintenance. I've done this the past few years and #11 on my list this year was to 'continue on my compost journey'. Here's what I wrote:
11. Continue on our composting journey. That starts with using our kitchen bin, turning the mixed bin, amending with alfalfa and/or biosolids. It also means that I need to keep moving through the two bins and tumbler set-up with the goal of a tumbler-full-of-finished compost to be used in the garden every season. Fall leaves stored in Fall, full, properly mixed bin by end-of-season.
I've also made a pretty big mound/pile of material from various projects and all the leaves from my Spring cleanup. My two bins were pretty full already and there's been a little bit of composting/decomposition going on this season.
As a refresher, here's what they looked like in December of 2022: full of Fall leaves. All light brown. One month later, some compaction had occurred. I kept filling the bins with the excess material and topping them off.
But, it was time for a FULL turning, layering and filling of the two bins.
Here (below) is what I was starting with: both bins mostly full and A LOT of material scattered in piles around the bins.