So I think what I learned is that I need to get the pile wetter when I build it. I may need to add water during the composting season. I think I need more N to get the pile hotter and to complete its composting by spring. The wood chips seem to be small enough so I don't think I need to run them through my chipper.
I think I'll divide the chamber in half (E/W) and try a different recipe on each side. One or both sides will get shredded hay mixed in to increase the Nitrogen ratio. One or both sides may get a bunch of coffee grounds (20 to 50 gallons) to also bump the N. One side may get run through my chipper to test smaller wood pieces.
Julia Winter wrote:Ooh, I hope you get a lot of pecan trees!
What does prickly lettuce look like?
Is there a plan for the adobe bricks?
Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Hi Robbie. Of course now isn't the time for a warm knitted woolen hat ... But I like to show you what I knitted (wearing it myself for the photo). I hope you like it.