I tagged this question onto a different thread, but I never got any answers.. probablu got overlooked.
ANyway... I have been working on my composting pile, and a couple weeks ago I got a thermometer to check the temps and see what I might be doing wrong..
It's been two weeks, and I can't get the temps up over 115*
I know initiall I had too little water in it.. it's been real dry.. so I just wasn't keeping it wet enough. I am turning it about every four days, and really don't see any steam coming out of it.. but I do at least have it wet now (not 'overly' wet)
SO then I figure.. maybe it needs more greens. SO I've added quite a bit of greens... coffee grounds, things from the garden (leaves from lettuce, cabbage, etc etc, and even added stable horse manure and made sure I wet it as to not dry out the pile..
I've even put in so MANY greens I TRIED to make it stink JUST so I'd know it was wet enough, and had enough greens. Never got any smell out of it either. Last time I turned pile I looked over what was in the pile, and my greens / browns ratio is about 2 /1 So I have almost twice as many greens as I do browns.
So no matter what I have tried.. I can't get the temps up to a nice working level. SO I'm stumped.
I Do have the pile in a shady spot due to the fact I live in GA, and I read on here that prolonged high temps in the area tend to dry out the pile. So I got it in a shady spot.
I'm open for suggestions.. I was hoping to get a nice pile composted and be able to work it into the garden this fall... at this rate I'll be lucky to have ANY by spring.