Composting 101: Turning Your Pile

I mentioned recently that Phoenix residents could get a $5 compost bin at the City of Phoenix dump, and I just heard that the City of Tempe has now provided its residents with compost bins.  These bins are modified (or new) garbage containers and are a great place to start your composting project.  But they do have a big drawback:  they’re HUGE!

Since turning a compost pile every few days is one of the best ways to get a hot pile, you’ll have to amass some serious upper body strength just to grow some decent veggies! 

So until you can get or build a smaller bin (3 x 3 and not terribly deep), this sturdy little ergonomic pitchfork will come in handy.  It’s stainless steel, so it’s super sturdy (and it cleans off really well) and the ergonomic handle makes it easier to manhandle that massive pile.  Plus, it’s green…and what gardener doesn’t like green?!

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