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I rototilled my new garden space. Tilled up the first couple inches and ended up with 3 huge wheel barrow loads of grass with a small amount of dirt mixed in. I used the grass to start a new compost pile which will end up back in the garden. Mixed the grass with a little dirt from my first compost pile and some half decomposed non-shredded leaves. I should know in a couple of days if its going to heat up.
Also, I have learned that one of the most important things to do when making a compost pile is to keep it a manageable size so that it isn't discouraging to try to turn it every week or two as needed.
 
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If you have enough air getting into the heap, you don't need to turn it unless you are trying to speed up the decomposition.
The reasons I turn a heap for are: lack of air internally, making an addition of materials (usually manures)
Other than those two reasons, I never bother turning a heap (I have three going right now) it takes my heaps 4-6 months to finish out, I could shorten that greatly by building them in the chicken area and might do that for the next batch of heaps this fall.

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