Compost Pile Full of Heat!

There’s gold in them that hills!

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This past Monday I took some video of the compost pile while I was adding some shredded papers and kitchen scraps. WIth all the bedding and manure Tess the horse generates we have a good size compost pile. The pile you see at the end of the video is only about 1/2 to 1/3 the size it was this fall before I took the aged stuff and added it to the garden.

The compost pile will get as long as 25 feet with a 6 to 8 foot width and 3 to 4 foot height. This pile is number four at Clean Slate Farm, the others having already been added to the garden beds. The garden beds, we have two of them, are 25 feet x 30 feet and bed one, the original bed, is 12 feet x 25 feet. I guess I never realized it but we have just over 1,000 square feet of garden space.

  • reply Will ,

    That’s great that you have Tess to help with the gardening. Horse manure is one of the best composts available, and you have the added benefit of knowing that it comes from a healthy source!

    • reply Dave ,

      You got that right Will. Money in one end, future compost from the other. I’ve used loader buckets of compost in the garden over the past three years and the garden just keeps on sucking them in. As I write this our weather station is off line. We’ve been having winds higher than 15mph all day long, some as high as 30mph, and I think the poor thing is getting tired. The vane is whizzin’ around like a bug around a light. I’ll have to check it out in the morning as it’s way too dark to be pulling down a 12 foot pole in the dark.

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