Sunday, May 19, 2013

My Compost Pile Is So Hot

That sounds like a line from a bad joke, but it is true. After I picked up that horse manure a couple of weeks ago I slung a few shovelfuls onto my compost pile and mixed it all up. I should stop here and mention that I have previously always been a very lazy composter (compostress?). I just threw stuff on the pile with no thought to greens or browns or proper ratios or moisture or anything. Eventually it would all rot. I had what is known as a cold pile, which means that the decomposition is so slow that it doesn't generate much heat. Until now...

My compost bin made out of shipping pallets

A few nights after I added the horse poop to the pile I came outside to throw the day's kitchen scraps into my Tumbleweed compost bin. While I was out there I checked on my other pile, the one with the horse poop in it. I stuck my finger in it. It was warm! I tunneled my hand down into the pile and it was downright HOT! It was hot enough to make me yank my hand away. Then I went inside and made Mr. Chanclas and all three kids come out and stick their hands in the pile of hot horse poop (okay, compost). They were really good sports about it. I like that nobody actually hesitated to stick their hand down in there. Honestly, it wasn't gross at all because the manure is already quite rotted and inoffensive. The compost pile smells good, like clean earth, the way good compost should. When we lived in Wisconsin we slept with our bedroom windows open all summer and we could often smell the fresh soil-smell of our compost pile as we lay in bed. I loved it.

5 comments:

  1. I can so see each of you reaching in! :)

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  2. I, too, have the handy dandy pallet compost pile and I LOVE IT. The slats let in valuable air and it's super sturdy as long as it's put together well. I built a 2 chamber one and only because I couldn't fit a 3 chamber one in the space I had for it!

    Hey - email me (go to my blog and the email address is on the left side. I think.) I want to ask you a question! I didn't see your email on this blog...

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    1. I think I'm going to expand my pallet pile to 2 chambers this week! Wheee!

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  3. UGH, bane of my existence the compost.

    I throw stuff on it all willy nilly and never turn it and crap.

    UGH.

    Must. address. compost.

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    1. Dude, get or make a tumbling composter and it makes it so much easier to get a hot pile.

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