2 Min. Tip: Heat up Compost without Turning It (Quick & Easy!)

In today’s 2 minute gardening tip, I show you how you can heat up a compost pile without turning it.

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20 thoughts on “2 Min. Tip: Heat up Compost without Turning It (Quick & Easy!)”

  1. can you make compost with coffee grounds and shredded office paper? I'm a bit lacking on the leaves right now.

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  2. Patrick, going to take some of your advice throughout your videos and compost this year with the techniques you have shown here. What kind of material are you using for the compost bin? looks like either metal or vinyl mesh? any particular method of setting this up? thanks.

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  3. Thanks! Sometimes ours stalls. Have you ever heard of using valerian flower? I saw it somewhere but my Valerian isnt large enough yet to produce bulk .

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  4. Thank you! i don't have the strength or room to turn a pile that large and coffee grounds are a wonderful idea

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  5. great video !
    if you really want to do something good with coffee-grounds and can't collect much- just ask at the gas-station or at a bakery / cafe.
    A bakery provided me with 2kg / day – that's something you can work with, in a garden 🙂

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  6. Thanks! My compost pile is about 80% manure but it's not getting hot. I know the moisture is right so it must be an air issue.

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  7. I'm not a coffee drinker, but my family save their grounds for me. Every once in a while I can pick up a bucket or two, which is brilliant. It's a great source of nitrogen and will even benefit the soil long after it's been decomposed. When spread around in between crops, it will also have a deterring effect on slugs and snails. Not for a full 100%, but every bit helps.

    Compost worms also love coffee btw, so be sure to introduce some of those to your bin. They use it to grind their food, since they don't have teeth, and I'm pretty sure I saw some working extra hard because they were on a caffeine rush. 🙂 Even though our sometimes harsh European winters cut into their population, they still manage to get back up and thrive for the rest of the year. I love my worms. I always tell curious neighborhood kids that I've got more than a thousand pets. Obviously I then have to prove that, which makes for a nice tour of the compost/worm bin.

    I mix my grounds into my bin when I'm building it up (because I have that luxury of a constant supply) but I'm wondering if you could just mix it with water and poor it over the compost pile. I've got a feeling that the water will flush most of the grounds down with it.

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  8. Greetings sir. new subscriber so I apologize if you've covered this question before. Could you use a length of 4" perforated drainage pipe, the corrugated black plastic kind, putting an end of it against the side of your enclosure and the winding it up through the pile as you build it for air flow? I've never built a pile like this (I have a drum) and would like to not shred leaves so much. All the best and thank you for all your knowledge that you share.

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  9. You inspired me so much that I started my own compost pile. It heated up to about mid 80s degree but seemed to have stalled so I tried the method you showed here. After you added coffee ground to each hole and watered it, do you leave the holes as is or do you close them back up? Also at the end of the video your pile looked a lot fuller. Did you add more leaves, and if so did you also water and/or mix the new leaves into the existing pile?

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  10. Where do you get a compost thermometer ? How long is the spike to read down deep? Could you use anything else?

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  11. Excellent tip. Last year we struggled with keeping our compost pile hot. We have a very large pile and turning got to be difficult. Your method is much easier than simply turning.

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  12. It's those coffee grounds that are hot. Your method is not an aerobic compost method.,it is anaerobic. That method does not create enough air flow.

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