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.
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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