RE: CG composting
In addition to Adam's suggestions, you might try encouraging
gardeners to add some finished compost or garden soil between each
nitrogenous/carboniferous layering. It also helps to wet each layer as it
goes in. In an infrequently turned heap a somewhat water-resistant shell
may develop as the outside of the heap drys, making it difficult to
achieve desired moisture content on the inside.
H. Michael Simmons, Ph,D.
Community Gardening Program
Bloomington Parks and Recreation
(812) 349-3737 FAX: (812) 349-3705
On Thu, 22 Mar 2001, Honigman, Adam wrote:
> I'm gonna give you some links and all, but I think you should give a hollar
> over to John Vernin at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for some
> pointers on your compost problems. Reading below, I think your issue is
> balancing the reds and the greens. Call John, read the links, go to the
> library for recipes and I think you'll be able to get your compost pile
> going in a few weeks. You might want to call up the Penn State University
> Cooperative Extension - they might even have some goodies for you:
> 1) This Ohio State site is pretty good:
> 2) University of Missouri on building a compost bin:
> 3) A lengthy article from Mississippi State University's Ag Extension with
> internal links:
> Best wishes,
> Adam Honigman
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> > Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2001 9:20 AM
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> > Subject: [cg] CG composting
> > Hello folks,
> > 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.
> > -sue
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