Wow. October was a busy month at the Dirt Hugger site. We have two full windrows up and running, each holding approx 330 cubic yards of material, and they are cranking. We have been testing lots of different recipes to see what will yield the best temperature curves, 0xygen, bulk density, and moisture content all while maintaining a balanced 30:1 Carbon to Nitrogen ratio and focusing on creating a high nutrient environment. So far we have included cherry stems, cherry biosludge, winery grapes, brewing yeast, apples, pears, and of course yard debris. The jury is still out on which blend will create the best compost, but we’ll keep you posted. Most likely, we’ll see each batch develop its own flavor much like a good craft beer or cup of coffee.
Other than that, we’ve got 223 new tons of material to grind tomorrow so that the next batches can begin. Here’s some snapshots from October at the Black Gold Mine.