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April 26th, 2006:

Compost Corner, the aftermath

Unable to contain my enthusiasm for all things rotting, I nipped out for a stroll round the garden this morning toting a mug of coffee and… my digi cam.

Couldn’t resist checking what was cooking down on the compost heap and lo and behold.. we are cooking on gas!

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This was taken just about 7:30 in the morning… probably not much more than twelve hours after the whole thing got going. Marvelous!

Another update at 13:00, gone up another ten degrees.

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And now, the early evening reading at 17:30 pushing higher still.

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For giggles I asked Joan to stick her hand in… the response? “Ow!

Last reading of the day, 19:30. A whopping 66 degrees.

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So, just 24 hours after starting this up and the heap is simmering away nicely. It’s radiating heat and visibly shrinking… so much so that I transferred a fresh 120litres or so of standby material onto it along with a fresh layer of hay, a barrowload of cauliflower leaves and of course…. the piece-de-resistance… a touch more moisture in the form of a light sprinkling of bellebouche top secret compost accelerator!

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