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Man, it's good to have a big truck sometimes....My full-size ford that I call Big Red sure can haul a load, and with only 3 daily trips through a neighborhood close to work - I have enough leaves to last me until this time next year. Oh yeah, it'll haul about 30-35 bags of leaves at a time, and my final bag count is around 100...
Here's a photo of Big Red waiting to be unloaded. This load was acquired in about 40 minutes during my lunchbreak from work, and I was fortunate that nobody had put any grass clippings out to be picked up. There's enough of them on-hand already....
Here's the segregated bags of contents out back....Those white bags are pine needles (for mulching around the fruit trees) and the bags to the right of them are all leaves. Glorious, brown leaves.....ah.....I counted the bags of leaves best I could, and came up with at least 80 of them. That should be enough to completely fill all bins, and some more for reserve, hopefully.
I also managed to pick up a few pumpkins and ornamental squash along the way, and they'll be busted open - then added to the piles as a nitrogen source. Hope pumpkins don't start sprouting everywhere next year! lol
Since Saturday was a gorgeous day for working outside and I really didn't have other plans, the laborious task of assembling the piles took place. I always build mine in 4" layers - kinda like making lasagna or something. Leaves, grass clippings, then thoroughly watered - and of course the process is repeated. Once the piles have shrunk about 6", UCG's are added to the top part of the mix, then fluffed and watered again. Here's the first one finished.....
Since the finished compost from last cycle is occupying an entire bin, i'll go ahead and start transferring it into recycled dog food bags for storage. That'll allow me to really get this party started. Yeehaw!
This will be a pretty lazy composting cycle, and will be tended to about once per month on average. Of course if I get bored, they'll get tended to more than that - you know how I have to be doing something all the time....lol
Take care, and happy composting!