Basic Gardening Tips: When is the Compost Pile Finished?

Basic Gardening Tips : When Is the Compost Pile Finished?

How long does the composting process take? How do you know when it’s finished?

These are two questions that have so many variables that it’s hard to answer succinctly.

You can expect 6 weeks as a quicker (and not normal) turnaround time, but more like several months and up to a year, depending on how often the material is turned, how shredded the content is, how balanced the pile is, etc.

To know when it’s finished is to look at it and not recognize anything in there. I like to run my finished material through a sieve to check and make sure i don’t have anything else lurking in there somewhere…it can happen.

In the video above, Tia talks about this and shows us what some finished material looks like. It should smell good, too.

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