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The International Compost Sanitation Forum and Message Board: General Composting Issues: Does the compost bin or aging site need direct sunlight?
Author: Md_heath (Md_heath)
Friday, October 01, 2010 - 2:56 am
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Composting is a process of microbiology and other small organisms, and takes place, for the most part, in the interior of the pile, away from the sunlight. Ambient temperature can impact the rate of activity (if it gets too cold things slow down). The really important criteria are the correct mix of materials to provide food and a 'loose' (not too compacted) pile to allow sufficient air, and correct moisture (about 60% if you are measuring). Shady or sunny areas are not of much importance, if any, in my experience.

Author: Nancybeetoo (Nancybeetoo)
Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:18 pm
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From my experience and knowledge, the compost pile generates its own heat and does not need the heat of the sun.

Nancy

Author: Sylphr (Sylphr)
Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 3:30 am
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Does the compost bin or aging site require direct sunlight?
I was under the impression that sunlight would not mater due to cover material and Florida's subtropical climate.
My property is covered by a thick canopy most of the year with the only small sun lit patch being the garden area, close to the house. There are plenty of shady spots available and I don't want to cut down my trees.

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