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How does the composting process start?
Typically a good mixture of carbon to nitrogen alone will allow the composting process to start. For instance a 30 to 1 ratio of carbon (brown material like dead leaves) to nitrogen (green material like fresh cut grass) is ideal for composting if the pile is at least one cubic yard. Of course particle size and moisture are important as well.
How do we get the microbes for composting?
Think of it this way, when you go out into the forest and walk along lush trails you might notice that through the years the leaves fall to the forest floor and build up. If you were to dig down to the bottom of the leaves you would find microbes like bacteria and fungi working to decompose the leaves and leaving behind a rich soil product. This has gone on for as long as trees have been growing in the forest.
To quick start this process we grind up the yardwaste into smaller particle size. We add air by turning the rows with our row turner and try to keep the piles moist through accumulated rain fall.