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Heap heating up again :-)

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Posted by Jyoti Deshpande about 10 years ago

after the initial dissapointment, we had a breather when the heap was heated up on the 14

After the initial dissapointment of the compost heap not heating up on day 9, we covered it up with a tarp and thinking that will have to redo the pile on the weekend. when we opened the tarp on the 14th day, it was smelling sweet, was moist and looked darker colour! we started turning the pile and voila! the centre of the pile was hot for sure. could not really keep my hand in the centre for more than a sec. I guess it was what Geoff calls 'the ouch test' :-). The pile was decomposing in the middle and the green had turned to brown...there was no green left any more. So, turned the pile and at the bottom, there was a flurry of excitement! there were some insects scurrying about (could not take a proper photo with my small camera) but was very happy to c the life in the heap.

to be on the safer side, we put in some green veg scraps and some manure in the middle of the pile and covered it up...atleast now i do not have nightmares of the compost heap smelling terrible!

i guess it will take much longer than the 18 days but we are definitely learning!

permie friends, pl advise if the pile looks ok?


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Dwarakanath Jnaneswar Ekkirala
Dwarakanath Jnaneswar Ekkirala : looking alright.. unable to gauge it from photos, but does it smell of ammonia? because there seems to be, atleast in that grey color photo it looks so, that there is slightly too much nitrogen (via manure). again, not really clear about it, but if it smells of ammonia or if there is too much white fungus, there is too much nitrogen. Nothing wrong with it, just that the pile will go down in size thats all. But for a first pile, its looking good! How is the moisture in it now, btw?
Posted about 10 years ago

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Richard Larson
Richard Larson : White mold is a sign of an anaerobic condition (no oxygen), you have to turn it more often. Good news it smells sweet!
Posted about 10 years ago

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