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Re: [nafex] composting

At 08:06 AM 12/20/00 -0600, you wrote:
>At 11:24 PM 12/19/2000 -0600, Donna wrote:
>>Our city does a leaf pile every year, and loads them for people in the
>>spring.  They are always warm and smell like alcohol.  I've never figured
>>out what they are doing to get them to work.
>I don't do any composting, but I do 'troll' the neighborhoods around town 
>and haul home all the bagged leaves I can get my mitts on every fall, for 
>use in mulching the blueberries and other small fruits.
>Seems like the maple leaves still have quite a bit of 'sugar' in them, and 
>they often seem to ferment, exuding an alcohol-like smell when you open one 
>of those bags, particularly if they were raked & bagged before becoming dry 
>& crumbly.  I don't encounter that in the bags containing predominantly oak 

Lucky,  I have also collected bags of leaves as you do, I set them upright
and open the top and leave then all winter. In the spring they are very wet
and well decomposed.

Northumberland BerryWorks
707 Front Street
Northumberland, PA  17857
Phone:  (570) 473-9910

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