I learned a lot from Geoff Lawton & from the Soils DVD as many people know. Well, yesterday I started my own 18 day compost pile based on the DVD to see if I can remotely get the results he does. So, using his 25 carbon to 1 Nitrogen ratio I went out to build a 1 cubic meter compost pile. I had small broken sticks through out the carbon sections along with dead ferns, and other carbon material. Sadly the bulk of it was straw, very fluffed up. Geoff, in the video used an extremely varied source of manures for nitrogen including roadkill and humanure. I did not. My sources were zoo poo of over 85 animals, compost tea already made from kelp, compost, horsetail and comfrey & some green cut grasses for the yeasts and insects. As I made the 1st 1/3rd meter of fluffy carbon material I was happy, and then I tried to fluffy place the N, and then I got confused. My carbon material basically sunk under the weight of the zoo manure, so I placed another 1/3rd meter of material on top again, and yes the same thing occurred. I figured at this point to add some freezer burned salmon and more zoo manure. Yes, it sunk under its own weight again. I did this 3 more times. Each time adding zoo manure, and occasionally adding the compost tea. ((Total tea used was 6 gallons)). Yesterday and last night it lightly rained, less then 1" of rain, and I left the compost pile exposed. Today the rains are continuing and I covered it with a tarp. In 4 days I will turn it for the 1st time.