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keeping compost hot

12 years ago

My compost gets hot within a day or two (145 to 155-F) It stays at these temps for three to 7 days then begins to cool down. WOULD IT BE A GOOD IDEA TO ADD FRESH GRASS CLIPPINGS WEEKLY TO KEEP THE TEMPERATURES UP LONGER?

My compost is primarily shredded leaves with fresh grass clippings and chicken manure or horse manure mixed in. I also add fish fertilizer to the mix.

One more question. How can you be sure your compost is finished? It really looks good after three weeks in a tumbler but other than looks how can you be sure if you're going to turn it into the soil? I don't want to tie up nitrogen with unfinished compost.

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