|Newly reworked Compost Pile|
- The size of your pile should be at least 4x4x4. It is necessary to have enough mass for the pile to get hot. We were missing the volume.
- The bottom layer should be made of good sized sticks to lift the pile off the ground. This promotes air circulation. We did not do this step previously.
- Follow with brown matter--leaves, dried grass, etc. They recommend 50/50 mix of brown and green matter.
- Top with green matter--mown grass (they say not Bermuda since it tends to seed. The piles do not get hot enough to consume the seed. Add at your own risk! We will later this summer...we have no choice, as I said earlier finding green for us is tricky). Add water.
- The third layer should be topsoil or previously composted matter. Sprinkle some on top of the green to accelerate the pile.
- As you add each layer, add enough water so it is like a wet, wrung out sponge. Not too much. However, you'll want to add unchlorinated water as chlorine kills bacteria. And you want your pile to have a lot of bacterial action. However, because we did not have an in-line filter, we put regular garden-hose water on the pile anyway. Surely, by the time the pile begins to work, the chlorine will evaporate.
- Keep alternating brown with green until it is at least 4' high. In our picture you can see that ours is about a foot short. No matter, it has more mass than what I started out with, and it's better than nothing.
- Prepare to cover your pile during heavy rains. Too much water will drown the microbial action in your pile.