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 Post subject: How Long for Compost
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:24 am 
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I just made a compost pile and was wondering how long until much of it breaks down into usable material for fertilizer?


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 Post subject: Re: How Long for Compost
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 9:15 pm 
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Hard to say. If it has plenty of nitrogen and you turn it regularly it will mature quickly, if you leave it anaerobic then it will be slower. Basically, it will be ready when it has a nice earthy smell.

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 Post subject: Re: How Long for Compost
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 11:39 pm 
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I can do 2 weeks in a compost tumbler but 6 months in compost pile :grin:

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 Post subject: Re: How Long for Compost
PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 9:27 am 
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It also depends on the size of the particles you are composting. The smaller the better as this means more surface area for the microbes to do their stuff

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