February 27, 2013
How To Manage a Compost Pile Using Temperature
I recently wrote a guest post at Punk Rock Homesteading. The compost that I wrote about has been spread on my beds and is just about ready to plant. I meant to turn it every other day, but it turned into every 4 or 5 days. I ended up with some fantastic soil, but did I really need to turn it that often?
Root Simple weighs in on their study of composting. Their method is to keep the pile in an ideal range so it never gets too cold or too hot.
The technique is simple–all you do is take the temperature once a day with a compost thermometer and write down the result on a calendar.
Check out their findings below.