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 Post subject: Question for CaptCompost
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2003 3:28 pm 
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Capt, how do you track the piles you have growing? Is it a matter of the oldest moving to the youngest in a round about way? The reason I ask this is I have 3 piles at the present time, I move the largest items from the oldest pile and keep what's left as my #2 pile, the smallest items then become my 3d pile prior to use. Am I doing this thing correctly? :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2003 7:29 am 
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I have a 3 acre farm home. About an acre of my land in no-till garden beds. I keep at least two separate finished piles for my own personal gardening needs, and another for my compost customers.

I start my process in a 4'x4'x12' pallet bin. I keep it aerated, moistured, and inoculated with plenty of urinated rainwater and old compost teas, for speedier decomposition. Then after a week, I move this via my 2-wheel garden cart, to a 4'x20' compost stockpile windrow for further decomposition and curing. There I either use it for my extensive mulching needs, or in my tea recipes, or just store in for myself or my customers.

I usually start a fresh pile in the starter pallet bin every 5-7 days. I try to make about a ton of mature compost every 2-3 weeks.

I also always leave about several inches of older compost in my starter pallet bin and on the stockpile windrows, in order to build up more beneficial aerobic bacteria and fungi for the newer compost batches.

I do a similiar thing in my aerated tea brews. I never turn my pumps off, in order to guarantee no anaerobic microbes to cause stinkiness in my teas. I make teas every 2-3 days for all my lawn, garden, and composting needs.

I sometimes leave about an inch of tea plus a little protein bacterial/fungal foods remains in the tubs for the next brew. However, I use only fresh mature compost and fresh dry molasses powder in every new tea batch. This guarantees strong aerobic bacteria and fungi for every fresh brew.

So as you can see, I'm a big time compost-oholic!
Happy Gardening!

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 Post subject: many thanx, Captain,
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2003 3:08 pm 
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I'm trying to deal with three piles the largest 15 ft base with about 8 ft height. decreasing to black gold at about 6 ft by 5 ft. I'm beginning to think about going commercial :D , but am feeling wary. Thanx for all your input on this board. Dave


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