I got the nicest email from a reader in NYC yesterday, and just wanted to say "thanks" again to anyone that takes time to visit my little spot on the internet. Occasionally, one of my readers will write to me, and it sure does put a smile on my face to know that my efforts and experiences help someone out there. :-)
Even though the very center portion of the main pile was still around 130 degrees, you can bet that alot of "greens" had been thrown on top over the past 2 weeks - just waitin' to get blended in with the other stuff. At least 5 gallons of used coffee grounds, a small bag of dry cat food (a gift) and a few banana peels were strewn across the top, and I could tell they were excited to get in on the action...hehe..I had to tell them "Oh, you just wait....you'll get your turn". Anyway, below is a closeup of some of the ingredients. As usual, you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.
But, before blending everything in, I wanted to really kickstart the entire pile by adding a 50lb. bag of alfalfa pellets. This bag was purchased for less than $13, and would be a great addition to the dry molasses blended in a couple of weeks ago. Boy, Jude was having a fit for this stuff, as I had to tell her to get away from the bag several times before applying it to the piles.
Photo below - Man, just look at all of that......woo doggie! After a liberal soaking with water, this stuff was ready for blending....I don't think i've ever shown the main bin from this aspect, but it is 12 ft. long....
As soon as the auger was lowered down into the center, steam began rising from it. Man....this stuff was already hot - but only in 1/3 of the total bin, as previously discussed...My hopes were to get the whole thing cooking, because the 2 end sections were doing absolutely nothing. The following evening I decided to probe the center again with my thermometer to see what was goin' on, and this baby was already heated up.
A reading of 152 is really good, and it's the first time i've achieved a level this high. Hopefully, no microbes will be killed from the temperature, because theoretically 150 is the suggested limit. After 2 years of learning how to compost, I can officially say that I am a real composter now. Yay! The day after this photo was taken I checked it again, and one spot was 158. Boo!!!!!! Thankfully, we have a couple of rainy days starting today, which should cool it down a bit. Whew.....
Take care, and happy composting!