Hot composting with chicken bedding and garden waste

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by vehve, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Lol
    Yeah it only bugs some people and is lessoned by cooking
     
  2. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    On compost news, batch 4 is super hot at the moment. I opened the lid in the morning, and enormous amounts of steam were rising from it.
     
  3. HennyPennyCO

    HennyPennyCO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, after reading your comments and doing the research I'm now afraid of putting any rhizomes back in the ground here (Zone 4.5)! I can dig them up (hoping I get them all) and heel them in in one of my raised beds over the winter, maybe in burlap so I can extract them easily in the spring. There seem to be plenty even if I save some to eat.

    OMG - I'm suddenly remembering that I might have potted some of the rhizomes this year and given them away!

    And back on topic: I'm following your doings with the insulated compost bins with interest since I also live in a cold climate. I generally just prepare a new heap in the fall, cover it with black plastic, and leave to to do its thing until spring (watering occasionally since the humidity level here is brutal over the winter.)
     
  4. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    Hi Henny, welcome to the thread. A hot compost should kill the chokes, at least I hope so because otherwise I'm going to be pretty much screwed. But I don't think very many plants can survive 60C temperatures for prolonged times.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That sounds pretty good, from what I've seen digging them up.

    They will eat the rhizomes too....and the more tender parts of the branches.
     
  6. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    Branches? Ours just had a stem off of which the leaves grew. They didn't develop a flower either, but I suspect it's some commercial variant, we just planted regular storebought supermarket chokes.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Yep, the main stem on the larger plants are about an inch or so in diameter and had multiple branches growing out of it, some of the branch tips sprouted flowers at well as tip top of the the main stem. I'll try to get a pic tomorrow of the remnants of the plants, we've had a couple of hard frosts here tho so they are about shot.
     
  8. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

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    Here are our's at the end of July, about 5 feet tall. They were about 8 feet when we harvested last weekend.
     
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens


    When I was composting manure and woodchips in WV, my compost pile actually DID combust. Causing a fire on the dried grass in the pasture surrounding the compost pile.

    Just goes to show that compost actually CAN burn. Be safe!
     
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