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Re: More on compost

Connie forwarded from Monica:

What you are doing is not composting; you are rotting your materials, which natures does on its own. 

Oh, please.  This is the type of attitude that intimidates people into not composting.  "Hot composting" is one technique among many. 

Composting is nothing to stress about.  While Elaine Ingraham (sp) and www.soilfoodweb.com are completely brilliant and if one wants to do the work, is completely worth the time, if your pile is working for you and you don't have problems, IT'S OKAY!  And the vermicomposting people will tell you that if you have active worms in your pile, all sorts of good things will happen that are different than the good things that happen during hot composting. There are pros and cons to each technique.  Do what works best for you and your situation.

The first book I read on composting still remains the best (in print since 1975!):

Let It Rot: The Gardener's Guide to Composting (Storey's Down-To-Earth Guides) by Stu Campbell, ISBN: 1580170234

The title says it all!

Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden

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