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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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December 1, 2012 - 5:58 am

I added kitchen scraps, shredded newspaper and HUMAN URINE Laugh (really) to my compost pile. While digging into the pile and burying the scraps, I noticed WORMS!Surprised I was sooooooooo happy that the pile is warm enough and the worms are HAPPY.  It isn't too often that here in Wisconsin we have a December that the ground isn't frozen. Confused GLOBAL WARMING??? We do need some moisture, preferable rain.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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cmcgruder
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July 10, 2013 - 1:59 am

Can you all explain the purpose and benefit of compost piles? 

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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July 10, 2013 - 10:16 am

It has beneficial bacteria and micro organisms. Worms love it, as well as other good guys. Keeps the plants moist, no tilling.  I am sure I am missing a lot of benefits of compost & bark mulch, so Google it.  ABSOLUTELY, no dyed bark.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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cmcgruder
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July 10, 2013 - 3:59 pm

Thank you

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Lark
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October 9, 2013 - 8:03 pm

I just stated a new compost pile for Fall.  I put cardboard on the bottom, water it, then a pile of twigs, grass clippings, shredded newspaper, water again and some finished compost, . At least weekly my hubby is cutting grass so I get the clippings to add for the green source. For the carbon source I use shredded newspaper & my white junk mail. Dried leaves will be in abundance soon and the green source will be scarce. When I don't have enough greens, I will be adding my urine.  I also will be adding kitchen scraps, but they are shared with my worm farm.  I cover my pile with chicken wire so the animals don't dig in it. My compost piles do not get very much direct sun. It breaks down slowily, but slowly is better than nothing.Smile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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November 18, 2013 - 6:43 am

Fall is a perfect time to start a compost pile. I have been working on mine for 6 weeks. It keeps growing. Dave was still cutting the lawn, that is my green and chopping leaves as he cuts, that is my brown.  I have been layering the pile with kitchen scraps (greens), coffee grounds (Starbucks) and horse manure. I also add all my junk mail. It has rained several times and that moistens the pile. I try turning it weekly or sometimes just putting a fork into it & wiggling (puts air into the pile down deep). Steam has been coming out of the pile...its hot, but not too hot. I see worms close to the hot spots. We got rain over night which was good, the pile needed watering after I added more browns & greens.  Now I covered the pile for the season. I don't want it too wet, leaching out nutrients isn't good. I will be adding some kitchen scraps over Winter, if the pile isn't frozen. Mostly my kitchen scraps will go to my worm farms.

 

My older compost pile still has some browns that haven't been eaten, but not much. I have this pile covered for the season and it should be perfect for Spring planting. There are tons of worms in this pile. This older compost pile IS NOT HOT. I did take some of this compost pile and added it to my NEW ASPARAGUS PATCH.

 

Both compost piles are 'TUCKED IN' for the LONG WINTER in Wisconsin.LaughWinkSmile 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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March 29, 2014 - 4:43 am

Yesterday I worked at getting the rest of the snow off of the oldest compost pile which  was covered with clear plastic. I then threw the snow chunks onto the pile & covered it up again with the clear plastic.  I uncovered the oldest pile the other day before the rain started. I kept the plastic off of the pile overnight so the rain would soak the pile. I then again covered the pile with the clear plastic.  Hopefully today the sun will shine and heat up the piles. I found 'red wigglers' in both piles. I took a pitch fork into the pile and wiggled it back & forth, trying to put some air into it. It was nice to see that the piles were NOT frozen, yet all the area around the piles was rock hard.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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davsher
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March 29, 2014 - 9:24 am

checked mine last week the big one is still covered looks really good. small one is not covered it's in an old water bed mattress frame going to be the new strawberry bed. tomorrow it's suppose to be in the 70's so going to uncover large one repile  it and let it work another 10 days. Oh by the way we have no snow. not going to say that to loud.Surprised

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Lark
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March 29, 2014 - 10:18 am

David, good idea with the water bed frame. It should work out really good.  After you get the strawberries planted in it, maybe you could post a picture under the RECYCLING forum.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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April 14, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Cleaning out the gardens and I have a lot of BROWN MATTER. I need GREEN MATTER to make a good compost pile. Not much green around here yet. OHHHHHHHHHHH! Surprised But I do have the urge to PEE.Laugh Check out my posting on my homepage.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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