So I just finished a berkley style pile did the whole correct ratio of c:n and built it let set for for days and flipped every other day for 2 weeks, exhausting. However a week later now I went to collect it to spread and it's hot, don't have my thermometer on me but can't stick my hand all the way in hot, any thought? Thanks in advance.
Making compost is like making a cake. Following the instructions to the T aren't always going to get you the exact same cake as pictured on the box (assuming you're using a boxed cake mix). There are just too many variables. I've found that while the Berkley method is a great method, it should probably be stated that " you're cooking time may vary". I made a pile last year that took about 28 days even though it was cooking HOT the whole time. I would test the moisture content and then if needed give it a drink and let it cook for a few more days.
It's certainly not going to hurt anything if your sits a little longer at this point. Unless you're in a huge hurry for it, I would keep turning it every other day for a week or so and see if it yields a better result.
100 is not HOT, you can put that directly onto the garden. Although that shouldn't be uncomfortable to you, so something isn't lining up--maybe the thermometer didn't go deep enough.
Craig is right, every batch is a little different. My biggest challenge is getting and keeping the water level right. Too wet and it gets too hot, too dry and it takes too long.
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