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This is how I make "fast" compost

 
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Larry, thanks for the video!  Do you moisten the chicken bedding pine-shavings?  I wonder if the final mix might be a bit dry (<50%).  Another way to mix the compost might be to pull successive corners of the tarp.  Do you have any info you can post on your custom lawnmower chipper shredder design?
 
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Howdy,

Actually between the leaves and grass and the foodscraps I think it was just right moisture-wise...but I'll be sure to keep an eye on it as it heats up.

As for the pre-shredder, it's a mower bolted flat to a piece of plywood with a hole in it (over the blade). Then an opposing piece of plywood is mounted at an angle that will direct the material down to the blade.

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This is awesome!
 
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Very nice!!!

So far the fastest compost method I have found is Black Soldier flies.....          I attract them with fermented vegetables buried in the compost...     Then I feed them fodder plants......        They turn my compost every second they are alive.


I did something similar to what you did with the lawn mower  except I used a garbage disposal to feed leaves in.  


I have modified my electric lawn mower so that it chews up styrofoam and I re use it for insulation, and for air crete.


Thank you for sharing your method...    I had an idea of having conveyor belts    that would take the output of the lawn mower and feed it right back in from the output to the input so it would chew it up more......       But electric lawnmowers are awesome for tasks like this.
 
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Nice, Larry!

I bet this shredded compost would need to be wetted down every few days in my environment, just to keep action in it. I had to wet down the Geoff-Lawton-26-day-compost method every time I turned it, too.

But still! New soil in a month is nothing to sniff at!!
 
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