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Simple Compost Harvesting for Impatient Gardeners (video)

Composting For Impatient Gardeners

Here’s a good MIgardener video showing how to sift through your compost heap.

His pile is clearly past its thermophilic phase, as it’s cooled down enough that it’s filled with pill bugs and earthworms…these are the critters that turn your material from compost to finished compost, by further breaking it all down.  This phase is essentially as long as you want it to be.

His trick with using the pitchfork to separate out all the twigs and non-composted material seems to work well for him.  I made a compost sieve for screening mine, but a pitchfork would make a great preliminary screening as well.

He mentions nutrients leaching out into the soil… a simple method for helping prevent this is to start your compost heap with at least six inches of brown materials such as straw, hay, shredded leaves.  This is your “biological sponge” that will help keep everything retained.

MIgardener Update Marathon – Compost Pile (video)

MIgardener Update Marathon – Compost Pile

Great video of a super simple compost pile doing what it does…love it!

Based on such a huge volume of leaves and grass (I’m jealous), that alone is enough to get hot composting in action.  I have a feeling his pile was hotter than the guesstimate of 90 degrees.

If he was right, however, he could definitely help out his pile temperature by adding humanure to it… 🙂