Fall in Connecticut means lots and lots and lots of leaves. Piles of them. Maple and Oak mostly in my forest.
And today the compost fairies arrived! My friend Jeff had about 22 bags of leaf and grass clippings and delivered them hot and fresh to my house. Nobody was spared! Kyle and Sean got to help drag all of the bags out to the pile while I “supervised”.
The hard part will be getting some balance now to this compost pile. It’s way, way over its allotment of carbon now and I’ll need to get some greens added quickly. The old pile was fairly small and was already cooking with a good mix of carbon to nitrogen. Now.. it’s HUGE! I don’t plan on turning it for a while and may even let it sit through the winter untouched. That will allow me to augment it next spring and cook it through the summer.
The magic number for compost is 25:1 carbon to nitrogen. A little excess carbon (like my pile now) and it just won’t break down very well or very quickly. Excess nitrogen can bring on the stinkies.
Here’s a quick video shot on the iPhone.