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May. 23, 2012, 11:24 PM
Is uneaten beet pulp considered "green" or "brown?"
May. 23, 2012, 11:48 PM
Who cares. Throw it in there anyway. It all composts eventually. Feed your pile with some sugar water or watered down black strap molasses to speed up the composting action. :)
May. 23, 2012, 11:51 PM
Feed your pile with some sugar water or watered down black strap molasses to speed up the composting action. :)
Really?? Good to know (I'm new at this, can you tell?) :D
May. 23, 2012, 11:59 PM
The green brown ratio is just icing on the compost pile.
beet pulp should contain a lot of residual sugars to feed the micro organisms, which is good.
Should you find your heap growing cold before it's time, you can airate and jump start the mix with
beer (either stale or fresh)
or a mix of sugar water and yeast.
layering topsoil int the mix works, layering bad soil (from below) does not improve the pile, but the dirt...
Compost rocks, because while being destructive it is incredibly constructive at the same time. :cool:
May. 24, 2012, 07:53 AM
Beet pulp is LOW in sugars - it's what's left after the sugar is removed from sugar beets ;)
It's got SOME sugar, but not a lot at all.
Yep, toss it in there!
The "magic" recipe is just if you want the fastest composting time for optimal black gold. But as long as you use no meat, and very, very little dairy, then just manure and bedding will eventually become good stuff, though it's really helped along if you add leaves and grass in a few layers.
May. 24, 2012, 08:42 AM
a lot of residual seems to be a contradiction in terms/oxymoron...