Thank you Cynthia_h
Thank you Rot
Your insights are helpful.
Perhaps you've told me all I could hope for and for that I'm grateful.
I've gone maybe a bit too far this year
I am a vegetable gardener.
The thing is I decided to expand the garden 8x16 perpendicular to a RB 4x8. New section no wood forms, just free style and will frame it in a couple years. But it is still a raised bed.
I though I would try something different, I've seen how fast wood chips are breaking down and they are great for our clay here as they break down.
Everything I did was free, but labor for me and my pickup. This is laid right on top of the grass.
Started end of September>
I brought in 2-3 yards rough chips and spread as a 10-15 inch base a foot short of the outside edge of finished beds. These are approximations.
I piled the garden debri and some kitchen scraps less than a yard of, not fine but rough and loose material.(chopped it would be a wheel barrow, 6 cubic feet).
(We had 2 big storms left with tons of tree debri)
A buddy got 30 yards of the June storm debri which sat all summer.
I piled 2 yards on top of my future garden spot.(chipped small with lots of green leaf when chipped) (when I got it, it had lots of mold).
There was a second storm in October and my Township was a collection site, they shredded it fine, so I put another 2 yards of that on(leaves were green when the storm hit)(Township pile after shredding was(100 feet x 350 feet upto 30 feet high) It was an amazing pile of free stuff.
I just couldn't resist getting some, when I didn't need any more.
I also have put a 1/2 yard fine mulched fall leaves and a 1/2 yard other fall leaves.
I started to get more coffee grounds back in October, from a local shop(their other guy stopped coming) and have put two wheel barrows of grounds in.
The Pile is 8 x 16 now 2-3 feet high(it would have been 5 feet but had cooked and shrank).
9/08 2-3 yards of rough chips
Early 10/08 kitchen, garden debri starts and a little coffee grounds.
mid 10/08 2 yards chips with green leaves(3-4 month of composting)
October my pile heats up and good(no thermometer)
Digging holes and putting in coffee and veggie scraps and other garden debri.
Late October leaves start to fall and adding leaves.
early 11/08 a yard of leaves
11/08 2 yards of new storm debri(leaves were green when storm hit)
We had record cold in November and the pile went cold by 11/15
I stopped adding Coffee in December because the pile is dead and it is going down to -3 Farhenheit tonight. Jan 16.
I am new at using large quantities of coffee. And not alot of hot compost experience.
My question is, knowing this will likely heat up again in spring(expecting early March).
Will this compost pile be usable for growing in?
Will this require some soil on top? How much?
Should I only expect to grow bush beans(that has worked in the past)?
What else could I expect to grow there?
Neighbor wants to grow giant pumkins this year, would that be an acceptable spot for a 200+ lb. pumpkin?
Any and all advice is welcome.