Do I need to stir the compost pile?

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Author: JP (Islandofjoy)
Monday, June 09, 2008 - 4:58 pm
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Thank you, Joe & John.-- JP

Author: Joe Jenkins (Joe)
Sunday, June 08, 2008 - 9:28 pm
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Just let it sit.

Author: John D. Seibert (Shush)
Sunday, June 08, 2008 - 9:25 pm
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JP:I say no! My 3'x3', mostly of leaves and deposits with no stirring achieved 146 deg. now
holding 138 degs. New 3'x6' is 115 degs before sufficient mass in heigth. Which will be achieved tomorrow when "cold pile" of leaves just sitting in stockade will be transferred for the pure fun of watching the 3x6 go thermophilic!
Someone in the neighborhood will wonder why I'm
whooping with delight!

Author: JP (Islandofjoy)
Sunday, June 08, 2008 - 1:05 pm
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Hello again

After I place the kitchen scraps and human waste in a hole in the center of the compost pile, and cover it with leaves, do I just let it sit, or do I take a pitch fork at some point and start stirring it? If so, how often is the minimum?

I would prefer to just let it sit-- less work! I know you probably have these answers somewhere in your book, but I have computer problems, so it is very slow to download and I cannot watch any videos. I appreciate your help. JP

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