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Horticulture and Agriculture
Compost Pile Maintenance
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Extension notes is written by K-State Extension of Harvey County extension agents Scott Eckert, Susan Jackson and Ryan Flaming. They focus on horticulture and agriculture.

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By Scott Eckert, K-State Extension
Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Now that you have added all, or at least some, (of those leaves from your trees (all 250,000 of them from each large tree!) it's time to think about the next step. Compost is created much quicker if the material gets turned.
Compost piles should be turned about once per month even during the winter months. This will insure the composting process continues and that all materials are equally composted. A compost pile is "turned" when uncomposted material is moved from the sides and tops of the pile to the center where it provides "fuel" for the microorganisms that break it down. Water may need to be added if the material you move to the center is dry. Check the moisture content by squeezing a fistful in your hand. It should feel moist but no excess water should drip out. Compress the material as best you can as excess air can
slow the composting process.

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