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Am new to the composting forum. Would like to make some good quality compost that could be used as a starter for aereated tea. Would like advice on what ratios of the ingredients available to me I should use and maybe some additional additives.

Here's what I have: Lots of hardwood leaves, mostly oak and hickory that I piled up from last fall. These are in piles in some grass but haven't decomposed much, I presume because of lack of nitrogen. I have access to lots of fescue grass that I didn't cut because of ergot toxicity this spring because of damp warm weather--this grass is tall and green. Also have a little fresh cow manure--my cattle are fed organic grass only--no grain, and also minerals and organic kelp meal. Also have maybe 5 gallons of chicken manure, also pastured and chemical-free. Could also scare up some wood chips if needed. Am not sure if water quality is a consideration but have well water that is 82.5 grains per gallon of hardness--mostly magnesium and calcium carbonate.

Would like to end up with about 200-300 lbs or so and, for mixing, have a rear tine tiller as well as a tractor with a front end loader. Any advice warmly welcomed. Thanks much,
Bill
 
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