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Do I need to keep turning my compost heap in the winter?

It's, like, blizzarding and 20 degrees out there!
What are the rules/guidelines for composting in the winter?


Asked by MamaK88 at 6:01 PM on Jan. 12, 2009 in Home & Garden

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Answers (3)
  • From what I see from googling, no you don't turn it in such bad weather. The loss of heat from the turning will be bad for the decomposition.

    Answer by Bmat at 6:03 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • Yep, what Bmat said. Unless you have a protected area where your pile is where it can regain its heat quickly, it is better to just leave it be. For folks in the really cold zones, compost piles are strictly a Spring/Summer project because the winters are just too cold.

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 10:42 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • It's too cold to bother turning it now. Turning it helps redistribute the material for a faster cook down. So when it gets cold, it's pointless unless you enjoy the exercise.
    As to cold weather rules....just let it sit. It will eventually break down but at a slower rate like years. Come warmer weather just treat it like a new pile and compost accordingly.

    Answer by isabellalecour at 3:40 PM on Feb. 18, 2009