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RE: Compost newbie (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: humin32 on 03.04.2013 at 09:27 pm in Soil Forum

I'm also a noob to the composting thing, although I've already started. I live in New Hampshire. Have a fair size lawn (1/3 acre or so of lawn, takes a good two hours to mow) and more than my fair share of oak and maple leafs every fall.

For the last several years I've been piling the leafs in a particular spot. Last year I started a pile mixing these old leafs with fresh grass clippings. We also added kitchen vegi/fruit scraps from the kitchen along with coffee grounds. So far so good. During the summer/fall months there was noticeable heat coming out of the pile while turning it.

My question/concern is that many of leafs are whole and don't seem be decomposing (granted I haven't turned the pile in over a month (being March, its partially frozen and until recently covered with snow). Is it advisable to run the compost through some sort of shredder at this point, if yes any special considerations regarding what type of shredder to use? Also, those compost tumbling bins - are those worth the $ and would it be advisable to batch my pile through one of those to finish it off?

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