Originally Posted by oOTurfmanoO
I've been learning about compost for the last 2 or so years. I made my first batch simply by adding ingredients an keeping it turned/flipped with a front-end loader on no specific time schedule. The original pile was huge and it naturally broke down into something of value (which was the goal).
As soon as I saw what I could do, I began a second batch with the 1st sitting idle. What i'm looking for is a way to break it down FAST either naturally or mechanically into something FINE to the extent that if you were to topdress a lawn the majority would fall into the canopy.
I've included a few pics of what I'm working with.This is relatively new to me and I'm open to suggestions,questons and advice.
Picture 1 is a simple image after it was turned...
Picture 2 and 3 are of last years batch. One is obvously dried and the other still wet.
Picture 4 is great profile shot of the the pile.
As you can see, there is some "larger than desireable" material. Again,my goal is to break it down fast, either smash, crush, tumble, worms, etc.
Since you're in PA, i suggest you contact http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/