A Second Turn of the Compost Pile

Posted on Apr 20 2009 - 6:03pm by Mike Lieberman


It’s about a week since the compost pile was first turned. When I first opened up the can the lid was sweating. That is supposedly a good thing because the compost is supposed to heat up, so it can do it’s thing.

I took the broomstick and shovel to it again to get the air circulating and to mix up the browns and greens.

It seems to progressing nicely, so I threw a big heaping pile of fresh food scraps onto the pile and layered the browns on that. My guess is that I should have compost to use pretty soon.

  • http://nycgardening.blogspot.com Meemsnyc

    You don’t get fruit flies? My small compost bucket for scraps that I have in the kitchen always attracts fruit flies. That’s why we compost outside.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    I kept it dry it enough where it didn’t attract fruit flies.

  • Anonymous

    At least one cubic yard in volume is best for aerobic compost….to build up proper temps.
    Too little moisture equals mold which leads to poor compost.

    For compost in small batches, try bokashi. See my blog for some details. I need to expand the information there soon.
    I did have a bokashi composting website, but like an idiot, I sold it.

    ~Martin

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Appreciate the advise.