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Posted: Thu May 26, 2011 11:24 am
by farmerlon
pickupguy07 wrote:...hhuumm... when I turned it I found it was damp near the bottom,.. and I've put 5 or 10 gallons of water on it every other day for the last week (it hadn't rained here in seven weeks)

So what am I doing wrong, ...-
That's normal.
A lot of materials tend to repel water when they are first added to the pile. So, you try to water the pile, and all the water runs off of the materials at the top, and finally settles somewhere near the bottom of the pile.
Eventually, as the materials in the pile start to "gel" together, they will get better at holding moisture more evenly.

There seems to be a "tipping point", that the pile is too dry... too dry...too dry ... and then suddenly too wet !!! :)

Posted: Thu May 26, 2011 11:50 am
by pickupguy07
ok.. thanks for the info..
I guess I have so many questions because it is my first time, and I don't know what to expect.