Article: Hot Composting Made Easy: Great article, Chelle

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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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Imagezuzu
Aug 5, 2010 11:30 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
I love this article. You've explained everything so beautifully, and the photos are a big help too.
Imagechelle
Aug 6, 2010 6:24 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Zuzu -

This is exactly the response I was hoping for! I'm very glad to hear that the article is easy to follow!

I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Thank you for your reply!
Smiling
chelle





Imagewildflowers
Aug 10, 2010 8:24 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Hi Chelle,

I agree, great article and easy to follow. I like how you showed building your compost pile with pictures. Excellent.

We keep a compost pile going all the time!

I must admit, I wasn't aware that you can use dairy in compost... is it just the certain dairy products that you mentioned?

Thanks so much!
FAITH over fear!

Imagechelle
Aug 10, 2010 1:06 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Christine - Hiya!

I only use trace amounts of it in mine. Usually I just pour spoiled milk right on the ground next to my pumpkins or tomatoes.

I did find a website that says to steer clear of using dairy in your compost heap. The problem sited is the possibility of drawing animals to the pile. If you don't add your kitchen wastes to the center of the pile and cover it you run the risk of attracting them with just about anything though. I have a groundhog who returns to my pile even after I think anything edible is long gone. If he's dining there though, he's leaving my beans alone! Smiling They are almost impossible to live-trap!

(Edited to add - My compost crashing groundhog only visits when the compost pile is cool. I've never had any animal mess with the compost when it's really cooking and hot.)
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Imagewildflowers
Aug 12, 2010 6:50 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Well, I must admit my compost stays cold most of the time.

Thanks Chelle! I'm glad I found your cubit too. I'm gonna be hanging around more... nice place you have. Smiling

My chickens will get in the compost pile sometimes, which grosses me out but I think they're looking for the worms, which they love.... that's possibly why you have those groundhogs coming around too!!

see you around.
FAITH over fear!

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