Okay, this may sound silly, but being new to composting ... How do you check the heat of your compost pile/bin? I've done load of research on the subject, but no-where does it say how or what to use to test the temperature. Do I just stick an outdoor thermometer in there or what? I just want to do things right!
Joined: Mon Mar 10, 2003 8:15 am Posts: 964 Location: Odenville,Alabama
You can usually feel the heat or see the steam rising out of a hot active aerobic compost with lots of balanced green matter and brown matter.
Even without a thermometer, if you are seeing these physical effects, your internal temps are perobably over 120-130 degrees F.
It takes temps near 140-160 degrees F to sterlize all pathogens and weed seeds in a compost mixture. If you are using just normal conservative greens and browns (i.e. leaves, grass, food scraps), these high temperatures are not a big deal anymay.
_________________ The entire Kingdom of God can be totally explained as an Organic Garden (Mark 4:26)
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest
You cannot post new topics in this forum You cannot reply to topics in this forum You cannot edit your posts in this forum You cannot delete your posts in this forum You cannot post attachments in this forum