Why Aren't My Compost Piles Breaking Down?
(Napa Valley, CA)
We have 10-12 acres of landscaping on an estate in Napa Valley, California. We generate sizable portions of leaves, horse manure, grass cuttings, and small amounts of food scraps. We have 3 piles that are 10 feet tall by 20 feet wide, which are not deteriorating very quickly. What is your recommendation on how best to facilitate the more rapid deterioration of the organic materials to be turned into compost?
We have tractor end loaders available to move the materials. Do we need to aerate these piles? Should we inoculate them and water them as well? We just need help with composting piles and how to maintain them with the least amount of manpower.
Thank you very much.