I have a question about fairly large-scale composting. We are a 2
year old community garden in Phila. We made a compost bin last year
from old shipping pallets and started filling it up with green stuff
from our plots, and leaves hauled in from around the neighborhood.
What we had by the fall last year was a big, very dry (despite all
the rain) pile of stuff. Virtually nothing had composted. When we
tried to turn it, we discovered that it *had* become the home of a
large swarm of yellow jackets. Luckily, no one was bit!
My husband and I compost in our little "yard" at home and get good
stuff. He insists on chopping every green bit into small pieces.
While I don't disagree this helps in breaking the stuff down, with
the volume at the CG it just doesn't seem practical to ask
everyone/someone to do this. How do other CG handle composting?
Without seeing the compost bin, does anyone have ideas on how the
design might be improved? I tried frequent watering at the end of
the summer season and it didn't seem to help. suggestions welcome.
the Brewery Garden
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