The way you began to get into a solid channel with your composting pile in the past summer and fall, churning over an abundant amount of that stunning garden gold and then, winter hits. Right, do not fling in the shovel simply because of the white snow blanket or because ice now sits at the top of your winter composting pile. To get through the winter and be ready to go when spring returns, here are some steps to take at the end of the typical growing season and throughout the winter.
Build a Roof for Your Compost
Actually, it happens to humans, so it can happen to composting bacteria. Warmer outside temperatures in late spring, summer and early fall stimulate the bacteria and speed up decomposition. Low temperatures during winter will slow or temporally stop the composting process. Therefore, control external environmental factors by protecting your composting pile from unnecessary precipitation.
Block Your Compost Pile
You might have realized that the car in the carport or in the garage tends to be less frost-ridden in the morning than the car left or packed in the street. Without structure protection, the car in the street is exposed to a greater swing in the temperatures of the night. A similar principle applies to your composting pile. You should put your winter composting pile into heaps and build a protective barrier around to cover it.
Lay Down a Tarp
Laying a tarp over your winter composting pile will not only whisk away the unnecessary precipitation, but it will also help maintain the internal heat in the pile as you require it. This will enable the composting bacteria to do their work without the influence of low temperatures.
Make a Bigger Heap
Expand the compost pile longevity by prepping early. Research shows that if you make a good sized heap during the fall months, the composting process will work longer into the winter season. The fact that volume is a factor in maintaining composting pile heat, it is likely safe to say that this measurement suggestion can apply everywhere people experience winter.
Shred the Composting Pile
Research shows that shredding the materials in the pile to particles less than three inches in size will enable the pile to gain temperature more uniformly and insulate it from extreme outside temperatures. This will allow the microorganism in the winter composting piles to perform efficiently and effectively since the temperatures will be favorable.
Dig a Hole and Bury the Pile
Another tip to consider is to dig a trench in the garden or flowerbed and add organic wastes bit by bit, and ensure you bury the waste after every addition. Similarly, you can dig a foot deep hole anywhere in your yard and cover it with a board until the yard becomes full of organic waste. This method will definitely beat the winter cold and keep the pile composting for the next typical growing season.