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by Tonya on July 11, 2006 10:27 AM
Ok...bear with me- I have never even SEEN a compost bin up close in person, so...I know just enough to be dangerous! [Big Grin]

That been said- I am starting a compost bin/pile...It is under construction, anyway. My question is:
1. are grass clippings only considered greens if they ARE green?

2. How deep does a "pile" have to be in order to compost?

3. I have read several things about how long it will take to "heat up". What is a good average?

Sorry for so many ?s, but...I have wanted to do this for a while and am very excited and am getting antsy trying to find out via google or research! [Big Grin] [Big Grin]
Thanks!!

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by Longy on July 11, 2006 10:31 AM
Grass clippings are green when fresh. If they're aged they're more of a brown.
A pile should be a minimum of a cubic yard in order to get sufficiently hot.
If you've done a good job, it will heat up almost overnight.

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by Tonya on July 11, 2006 10:40 AM
Thanks Longy! I thought I was right, but...always better to ask. I have started mine by myself and have used all the power tools I am allowed to when alone. Hubby will be home soon and then we will go "up" with mine! [clappy] I am soooooo excited!! [clappy] [clappy]

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by tkhooper on July 11, 2006 11:20 AM
Congratulations on your first compost bin. I remember how excited I was last year.

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