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230 Tons per YearEach ton of stable waste used by OVF gardeners helps keep it out of the landfills while keeping our plants happy and healthy.
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Building the Shred PileAs the pile of green waste builds up it gets watered. Watering the material helps accelerate the composting process.
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Completed Beginning BayDepending on the season and volume of material it takes approximately 3 to 4 weeks to completely fill a Beginning bay. Once a Beginning bay in one row has been filled the crew moves on to the next Beginning bay.
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Compost "Not Ready" SignThis sign means none of the Ready compost bays is open.
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Compost AvailableWhen the "No" is removed a Ready bay is open for business.
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Compost BaysEach row of bays has a Beginning Bay (far right-hand side), two Intermediate Bays and a Ready Bay (left-hand side of the picture).
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Compost BaysThe compost area consists of 3 rows with 4 compost bays in each row.
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Compost for your GardenAnd there you have it. Compost - good for the environment, good for the community and, ultimately, good for your garden.
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Compost Ready for UseThe compost is available when the wall of the Ready bay has been removed.
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Compost TemperatureIt is important that the compost temperature heats up to between 140°-160° Fahrenheit in order to kill weed seeds and pathogenic organisms.
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Composting Crew - Saturdays - 9:00 a.m.Volunteers meet every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the lower composting area to build compost. All garden members are welcome to participate. Sturdy shoes and gloves are recommended.
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Covered Compost BaysCompost bays are kept covered to keep the moisture from evaporating. It also helps elevate the temperature of the material which accelerates the composting process.
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