hey ho lets go! as mentioned elsewhere on this board, my better half (Jodi) has layed down the 18 day compost challenge! we're both using the berkely method with some slight variations between each mound and decided to keep a running commentary on our progress since it sparked a bit of interest upon mention on this board and also from curious neighbourhood onlookers! (Hi Clint!) we're at day four right now and just given our mounds their first turn, gotta say it was already quite steamy in the centre (approx 35-40C and climbing!) a quick breakdown of our piles before we get to the pics: HERS (Jodi Jackson) location : backyard, northside shaded by nextdoors garage • approx 1 cubic metre volume • 2/3 paper, ground litter & small cuttings • 1/3 manure (horse & cow) • late afternoon shade (from 6:30 AEDST) HIS (beherit) location : front yard, fully exposed • approx 1 cubic metre volume (fraction over) • 2/3 paper & mulched cyprus pine • 1/3 manure (horse & cow) • full sun the object of the game is to see who has the better pile at the end of 18 days (Feb.8), beauty of it is there will be no losers, only two piles of rich compost and two happy gardeners - its win/win! Now, we're by no means experts (prior to this we've tackled the odd dig-in compost and been utilising a rotocomposter with very average results for the past few years) So if anyone else is up for the challenge feel free to post your results here too! ...actually we strongly encourage any and all comers to try this method as it would be great to see photographic evidence from as many countries and climates as possible and really put this berkely theory to the test! (for instructions: https://permaculture.org.au/?page_id=22) Regardeners! -Jodi & Paul bear with me while i try and get the pics up - i'm a photobucket newbie!