Spring Gardening Tips : Spring Gardening: Compost Aeration Tips


Here’s a spring compost pile that isn’t quite
done. It’s half decomposed but you can see that there’s still crop residues and remnants
still sticking out of it. So I’m going to show you a way to accelerate this compost
pile and to get it ripping and to make it into valuable humus within weeks. Essentially
what we want to do is turn and aerate the pile and then when we are done we are going
to soak it with water to get it good and wet like a wrung out sponge. Nice and damp. So
essentially I’m going to use this hay fork as my main tool and I’m going to grab a piece
of the compost and put that down at the bottom and then grab the next layer and flip that
over. Basically I’m taking the bottom layer and leaving it on the top and the top layer
ends up on the bottom. And what this does is it turns the ingredients and mixes them
and allows oxygen and microbes more access into the compost heap. If I wanted to I could
add a little bit of manure and even some lime at this point to accelerate the process. But
in fact by wetting this down that should be all we need to really accelerate the process.
I’ll show you how much water it takes. They say that your compost pike should be like
a wrung out sponge. Nice and damp but not so wet that it becomes anaerobic. And there
you have it. Turning a compost pile.

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