The challenges of 2015 has set us back in the volume of humus compost made this year! We are in the process of ratcheting up the number of rows we start as soon we are in the time frame where we like to stop building new windrows and concentrating on finishing before shut down in late November to early December.
Today we rolled this windrow over as you can see by the dampness on the compost site pad. We watch the bottom of the windrow carefully and then roll them over periodically to protect the bottom and also help keep the reactions going stronger within the windrow which means keeping them warmer longer.
It also means we often finish the windrows sooner than if we did not roll them over. The timeframe is shortened by aggressively making sure the breakdown finishes as soon as possible so the humus building or humus protein building process can also finish sooner.
The 2 windrows on the right that are uncovered, have been rolled over a few minutes ago. They were then turned with the compost turner so it is now ready to cover with the compost moisture guard fabric. The cover is amazing in that it really allows us to predict the outcome on quality and timeframe of when it finishes for our planning purposes.
For those unfamiliar which the Aeromaster Composting System (ACS) process, this is a humus production compost site producing Aeromaster Humus Compost. This compost is a bargain at the $205 for screened bulk straight/unblended with minerals. The mineral power package that we blend with the ACS Humus compost is a powerful combination that is second to none!
More thoughts coming later…