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Hot Stuff!!!

April 20th, 2007 at 09:05 pm

Well, not me, but my compost! Smile I've never been a real gardener, and have just started getting more into it. I looked into finding a composter and happened to be given a tumbling type from Freecycle.

My first "batch", I followed the directions of the man who gave me the tumbler, but nothing ever heated up. I ended up with a blecky mess. Had to turn it out and just let time do the work.

This time I spent countless hours (well, I could have counted them, but that would have taken up another hour...hehehehe) researching the net to find out the differences between composting in a bin or pile and composting in a "tumbler". Turns out, I had the whole thing way too wet and not near enough browns.

This time I used shredded paper, coffee grounds, a few shovels full of mushroom compost (AKA horse and cow poop), and 2/3 a garbage can full of freshly clipped grass. By the next day, there was steam coming out of the tumbler and and I couldn't even stick my hand inside to touch it! I used a meat thermometer (I know, but I don't have a composting one) and the compost's temperature was up to 150 degrees!!!!! Couldn't believe it! It made me feel so proud that I finally got the right "recipe" to make this thing work.

Now it's on it's second round of heating up, as it stayed at about 115 to 125 degrees for almost a week before cooling off, but didn't break down all of the paper. I put in another 1/2 can of clipped grass and the whole process started over again. *fingers crossed* that the paper breaks down this time.

On the Princess front, I don't think that she's made much progress this week. Her leg still looks really swollen and she appears to be having more difficulty getting up after having lied down for awhile. I'll be taking her back to the vet next week so they can check her out.

I hate seeing her in pain. Frown That's the reason I decided to have the operation done, to stop the pain for her. Doubtful that I'll get the other knee done this year. Have to wait and see the healing of this one first.

2 Responses to “Hot Stuff!!!”

  1. scfr Says:

    Oh - I'm sorry to hear Princess is having difficulty. I hope she will improve soon.

    Thanks for sharing your gardening info. I'm giving it a try for the first time this year too, and while I'm not composting this year I definitely want to try it!

    Isn't Freecycle a great resource for gardening stuff?

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    I've been composting for 8 years. It doesn't sound like your adding enough brown or dead stuff into your compost. It might be a good idea for you to buy a bale of straw to mix in bits with all the green or fresh ingredients. Don't buy hay, its full of weed seeds.

    If you don't use enough brown or dead plant matter you may end up with slimy compost.

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