Composting Piles
 
 
 
 
Composting pile spaceComposting Piles

I am using succession piles which required a fallow strip to accommodate a few adjacent piles. This method makes the turning process much easier since a ready to be turned pile can simply be moved to an adjacent spot.

Each pile is about 3 meters by 3 meters square. I am planning to make a total of four piles.

In addition, I made a pile of brown material in order to keep a ready supply on hand for each time green material is added.

Picture - The first pile which measures approximately 3 meters by 3 meters square.
Bamboo composting pile baseComposting Piles - Step 1

I put a couple of layers of coarse materials, in this case, old and brittle bamboo stalks, which were laid out vertically with a second layer placed horizontally. These layers will improve aeration at the bottom of the compost pile.

Picture - Bamboo stalks used to improve aeration.
Composting pile materials brownComposting Piles - Step 2

Next I put a layer of brown materials which included small pieces of bamboo, dried grass, and dried leaves.

Picture - Layer of brown materials.
Composting pile materials green kitchenComposting Piles - Step 3

Next I put a layer of green materials from the kitchen which included fruit rinds and peels, vegetables, and yes even some fish.

Picture - Layer of green kitchen materials.
Composting pile materials brown againComposting Piles - Step 4

Next I put a another layer of brown materials which again included small pieces of bamboo, dried grass, and dried leaves.

Picture - Another layer of brown materials.
Composting pile materials soilComposting Piles - Step 5

And finally the pile was covered with a thin layer of soil.

A 5 steps were repeated several times on the same compost pile.

Within a few months I am going to post additional information as to the success of this composting "recipe" I concocted.

Picture - Layer of soil.
 
 
 
 
 
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