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Progress in the compost mixer

You might remember I invested in a compost mixer in June and set it up with its first “load” of material to compost on 2nd June. It’s been three months so I thought it might be time to get my first load of compost. Not quite … but I don’t think its due to the compost mixer. I had bags of leaf materials and “garden debris” which a garden helper collected for me. I should have told him leaves only, no branches and sticks! The compost is looking good but for all the large sticks in it.

[one_half]The compost mixerThe compost mixer[/one_half]

[one_half_last]First load of almost compostFirst load of compost[/one_half_last]

[one_half]A closer lookA closer look[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lots of black stuffLots of black stuff[/one_half_last]

So I guess I’ll be sifting twigs and sticks out of my first home-made compost.

I’m amazed actually at how well everything has broken down. About 70% of the material was garden debris, the rest was what we collect from the kitchen (scraps, egg shells, fruit skins, veggie scraps etc.). I haven’t been very good about turning the compost mixer regularly. I do it when I remember, but I’m wondering how long it should take to be usable?

Happy gardening