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By Chelle on August 2, 2010

As the "dog days" of summer approach, it's the perfect time to hot compost! Here's a workable method for building a compost pile that really cooks!

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Aug 2, 2010 9:03 AM CST
Name: Sharon
A very timely and excellent article, Chelle.
Thank you so much!
Aug 2, 2010 9:52 AM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
I agree I always need to go back somewhere to re-read the directions since I don't retain info for long periods of time and now you have it so I can find it. Thanks my friend. Thumbs up
I made my first lasagna garden last year and it really works well and easy to keep grass and weeds out of, unlike the other flower beds which are full of weeds and grass. It also has very rich soil and grows plants really nice. Thumbs up
Aug 2, 2010 11:56 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Sharon - Thank you! Smiling

While wandering around in on-line gardening communities I noticed that folks were wondering about hot composting and wishing they knew how. Over the years through trial and error I stumbled onto this method and now seemed to be a great time share it!

Jan - When I first heard the term *lasagna garden* I had no idea what it stood for! As I started reading about it in your posts and those of others, I finally figured out that it is a style of sheet composting, right?
Aug 2, 2010 12:06 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
Yes but a good start and then yours on top would be great. I think I'm gonna add your method to mine for winter. Big Grin
Aug 2, 2010 1:18 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Jan -

I use sheet composting most often. I did do a lasagna garden just a few weeks ago as well. Hot composting this summer ensures that I have finished compost for next year. I use it for starting seeds, container plants, starting veggies, and topping off the roses when those dry summer conditions have them really stressed out.

This is the new lasagna bed. By fall it should be perfect for transplanting my baby columbine! Big Grin

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Aug 2, 2010 1:26 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
OK I see. I thought it was for over what you already have. I get it now. See, I'm a little dense sometimes. Blinking But I eventually get there. Hurray!
Aug 2, 2010 1:36 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Group hug
It's all good - no matter how you use it! Big Grin I just like to have a little extra stashed away because I can no longer imagine planting without it. I'm hooked on compost! Lovey dubby
Aug 2, 2010 2:17 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
I tip my hat to you. Very well written and illustrated. Thanks Chelle for sharing your easy to follow step by step directions and tips. We gardeners can't get enough of that 'black gold'. Thumbs up
Aug 2, 2010 2:33 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Glad you liked the article Susan - and you're so right! Smiling

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