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Annie Howell-Adams
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I just treated myself to a compost thermometer after turning my pile this morning and adding 10 buckets of manure. Anyway to move things along in wintertime?
 
Tim Malacarne
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The manure ought to do the trick!

I'd be interested to see the temperature after a day or so... I usually make one big pile in autumn, trying for the hot method, usually works well.

Best of luck to you! TM
 
Annie Howell-Adams
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Day one, 42 degrees outside, 52 degrees inside the pile: 3 feet by 4 feet by 3+ feet tall
 
Bill McGee
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Add urine. My pile is at 90 f after sustained 5f to 20 f temps. The top 2" of straw are a frozen crust. The pile size is 6' x 6' x 4'
 
Annie Howell-Adams
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Awesome temp! Good idea on urine, there's certainly a never ending supply.
 
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LOL, how'd you know about my fondness for beer!
 
Johnny Niamert
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Alfalfa pellets get it cooking.
 
Tim Malacarne
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Dear Annie, Well you know what else? You're right on the minimum size needed for a pile to heat. I think they say 1 cubic yard minimum, and you're pretty close... I bet it'll work OK, just may take longer. I like the alfalfa pellet idea too, but have never used them...

Out here in farm country, the composters "Holy Grail" IMO, is spoiled silage. Commonly found at a dairy farm, those long white plastic thingys are silos, and at the end of the bag, there's alwaya a certain amount of waste silage. Silage is a high nutrient cattle feed. I reason that it'll also make high nutrient garden feed, especially if you process it through a compost pile.

Hey, just my 2 cents! Best, TM
 
Annie Howell-Adams
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Third or 4th day, 65 degrees inside 38 outside, each day climbing.
 
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