Posted: 27/10/2014 at 16:33
minos in my experience you can make hot compost with almost any plant material-the key is to grind it fine. i use a rotary electric mower. its fast, easy and a good electric mower is cheaper than a compost grinder. i make the initial heap with the first garden cleanup and with leaves scrounged from around the neighborhood. i make an open heap on the veg garden site so it usually pretty large-6x5x4ft. you need uniform moisture for uniform heat.depending on how many leaves i add the heap will heat to between 160 and 172 in 1 or 2 days.i turn it when the heat drops or when i add new material-an advantage of an open heap. if the heap is too dry it will heat up fast and cool almost as fast. we havent had frost here yet so veg garden continues to produce so just accumulating material for the big grind. as far as adding carnivorous animal waste i dont do it because i dont want to worry about where i put the finished product.