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My compost pile is coming out of hibernation :)

Last time I poked at my winter compost pile (actually a large black plastic compost "bin" -- bottomless with sliding up doors and a lid), it was still frozen in the middle and I couldn't do much. Today, I was in a hurry so I added and spread another batch of kitchen scraps with brown paper bags and paper towels, etc., then added a bucket of melted rainwater and a pot of bean cooking water. Puttered around the garden and came back and opened the lid to add a dried up bunch of marigold stems... And it was warm -- REALLY WARM. :()

Hopefully sometime this week, I'll be able to move the pile to another location and completely turn it in the process since I want to plant onion plants and some greens and cabbages/broccoli here.
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Re: My compost pile is coming out of hibernation :)

I guess that splash of hot water woke it up, or was that chicken soup?
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Re: My compost pile is coming out of hibernation :)

Nothing I added was hot - rainwater was icy cold and the bean cooking water had cooled overnight in the garage. But they sure liked the additions. :D
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Re: My compost pile is coming out of hibernation :)

That darned micro-herd. Feed 'em a little carbon and nitrogen and they all heated up about it...
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