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Old Yesterday, 09:43 AM
 
Location: NC
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Looks nice nc99.

Is the compost pile near the neighbor's property (I see the fence)? My city has a 5' setback for many things, so I comply just out of caution and civility.
did not know about the 5 feet code...but my neighbor is a super friendly guy, definitely will not mind, will mention to him.
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Old Yesterday, 09:46 AM
 
Location: NC
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I like your open air design a lot but I don't think it's going to break down into compost in the same manner as a compacted pile that gets cooking and steaming hot in the middle. However, I think with your design you can still convert it into really good organic material suitable for the gardens with the help of earth worms if you add some.

I don't know how much rain you get where you are but if you don't get a lot you can always sprinkle it with a hose or watering can from time to time. Don't pack it down too tight, water it and let it pack down naturally. Once the leaves have softened and started to break down and go mushy from the moisture you can speed up the process by throwing a few hands full of earth worms into it to break it down further. Just drop the worms down the middle of that chimney and scattered about near the top just under the top layer of leaves so birds don't take them.

The earth worms will start working their way through it and eating the softened leaves and convert them into worm castings. It will be a smorgasbord for them so they will likely stay at all levels in the leaves rather than going down into the ground unless you get below freezing temperatures for an extended time. If that happens they will go down into the ground beneath the pile where it is warmer. You could cover the whole thing over with a tarp or big sheet of plastic if you get extended freezing temperatures. That will help it to stay warmer and protect your worker worms.

(If I was going to try a design like that here where I live and where it's a lot colder climate, I would definitely have to protect it from the cold and winds by covering and wrapping it with a tarp or heavy plastic throughout the entire winter.)

When you go to open it up to turn it later remember to spread a tarp on the ground in front and around of it first to catch the stuff that falls out when you open up the two mesh overlaps. Makes it so much easier to gather it up on the tarp and dump it back in when you're finished turning it.

Good luck with this design, I look forward to an update on this thread after you turn the contents.

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Thanks for all the great feedback. Still have not added the green dead plants...live in NC, it does not get too cold, i can add the tarp though. will keep updating with pictures...
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Old Yesterday, 09:47 AM
 
Location: NC
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I've found the easiest and best system so far to be four pallets with the back and sides tied together with wire twine, and the front leaned to, to keep domestic pets out. The front can easily be moved aside to get in there and turn it.
a picture will be great
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Old Yesterday, 06:27 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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I've found the easiest and best system so far to be four pallets with the back and sides tied together with wire twine, and the front leaned to, to keep domestic pets out. The front can easily be moved aside to get in there and turn it.
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a picture will be great

Pictures: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=pallet+compost+bin&qpvt=pallet+comp

I have used pallets that way as well. If you look at the pictures above you'll see how most of the pallet designs allow for some air flow. Also some of them have added smaller mesh chicken wire on the outside of the pallet frames to keep animals out.


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Old Today, 11:55 AM
 
Location: rural DE
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Thanks for all the great feedback. Still have not added the green dead plants...live in NC, it does not get too cold, i can add the tarp though. will keep updating with pictures...
You have lots of greens in your kitchen if you have coffee grounds or tea bags or vegetable peelings. Honestly, those leaves with coffee or tea alone would end up great in spring for acid loving plants like roses, azaleas, etc.
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