Here’s part 1 of Morgan Brown’s excellent series on how he heats his greenhouse with his compost pile.
This insulated in-ground compost box is impressive!
I envy the cover material at this place!
Leaves, pine needles (don’t need a lot), dead grass, etc…
I was asked to build up a fresh pile, so I added a good 12″ of base material, then added the food scraps followed by another 6″ of cover materials.
While I doubt it will start up since it’s 20 degrees out, as soon as it’s ready it’ll take off. In the meantime, there’s a few months’ room for weekly contributions until the temperature stays above freezing for a few days.
I’m sure we’ll get our January burst of 70 degree weather for a day out of nowhere, anyway…
These guys are hilarious! Can’t wait to see how their pilot goes.
It’s starting to be consistently below freezing, and I wasn’t able to shred leaves in time before the snow.
Luckily, I still have a trash can’s worth in the yard and a bunch of food scraps…and a bunch of worms. I added my stuff to the pile at mid day to minimize any last heat escaping while I opened it up.
I’m surprised they’ve stuck around in the large bin- it certainly helps for when the composting process slows to a crawl.
The trash can composter is completely stopped, so I’m trying to figure out how to get that kickstarted again- too small of a system to add compost toilet material to, and it’s filled to the brim anyway.
How have you been handling the colder temperatures?
I haven’t been paying much attention to the large compost pile lately, but it made it through the first snow with no problems- the snow wouldn’t melt on the center- good sign!
While emptying a week’s worth of food scraps into the center, I couldn’t help but notice all the red wigglers present… if I can keep them warm, I’ll be doing just fine through the winter!