Vacation: Day 5

Today I worked my compost pile (and drank a beer)

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PHEW !!!  Really late this year getting it done !!

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I made a screen about 20 years ago (WOW, that long ago??) with 1/2″ by 1/2″ wire.

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I got about three wheelbarrows out of last years compost.

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I used it around my little oak tree and it was used all around my palatial estate as cover and it gets worked into the soil as well.

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All cleaned out and ready for the new material to start again.  I use an old plastic garbage can with holes drilled in it as the pre-cooker .  A well managed compost pile really shouldn’t have too much of an odor.  But I mostly put grass clippings in the composter and I LOVE that ammonia smell !!

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I let the debris that failed to go through the screen dry out in the sun on the tarp, put it back in the bucket and “chopped” it with a spade and screened it again.  This is all that was left.  Makes a big difference to make sure you don’t put things in the compost that will definitely not decompose or go through the screen.