An add-as-you-go pile will not heat up to that extent. The way to do it is to mix up a nice big batch at one time, with fresh greens, and the right moisture content, and pile it up. I used to do big batches during spring grass clipping curb thieving season: Grass, bagged leaves from last fall, and sawdust or wood shavings if I had them. A cubic yard of that would go over 150 in a couple of days.CitizenOfThePlanet wrote:I would love to get it that hot!! haha. What does one need to do to get their compost bin up to 150 degrees?
Speaking of worms, I'm not seeing many at all in my compost piles. I recently pulled about 18" of good composted soil off the bottom of my pile and saw maybe two worms. My pile is on the ground, and I still haven't seen many. Do you think I should invest in some worms and get the process started, or will adding coffee grounds this year do the trick (I've never added them before)?rot wrote:..
Follow the ten percent rule and I'm sure the coffee grounds will be a great addition. The excess can go on beds and worms dig it.
When your pile cools off - don't fret, it will - the worms will move in from the ground. They'll leave their cocoons and you'll be spreading worms as you spread the finished product.