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This seems like an odd question but in the past I've always made compost in a bin and left it there as I used it. At the moment I have some Berkley method compost that was recently finished. I've left the cover on it as I don't need it just yet, but am wondering how best to store it. Do I treat it like an active pile (keep it moist and warm)? It's very hot, windy and dry here and it's in full sun.
 
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I'd just keep it covered, perhaps two or three layers of covering materials.
I've kept finished compost in a heap with old carpet for a cover, works quite well.
You can use a first layer of cardboard for more retention, the cover just needs to be able to hold moisture but also breathe.
 
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I use cardboard and straw on mine
 
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