The cold wet spring here in Bloomington means that it's taken much longer than anticipated for the clay to dry on the floor - about 1 month from the first wetting and tamping. I re-wet the floor on Friday (5/17) and am waiting for it to dry just enough for the second tamping. Because this is taking so long that it's now hot and cooler weather is required for composting, I've decided to wait until the fall before starting to composting. Many people have expressed interest in coming to see and learn about the composting process, and waiting until the fall will leave plenty of time for people to schedule visits. The composting will start on Friday September 6 and run through December 13, 2013. The pile will be turned every Friday starting around 11 during that period. When Friday scheduling conflicts arise I will post the date changes as soon as possible. If you are interested in coming to participate in the turning, please let me know! In the meantime I've put in a cover crop (under the straw) for this year that will get tilled in next spring before transplanting.
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