Compost Biodiversity- Is More Better?
[Background: I'm thrilled that my chicken compost run is heating up! I have a bed of 6-8 inches of wood chips in a run that's about 10' wide and 20' long. 16 pullets and 4 chickens have access to it.
I put food scraps in one side on Thursdays and Sundays and will start turning it down the 'pipe.' I need more water on it, but two piles I'm working on are about 115 and 140 degrees F.]
Here are the materials I have for the system:
Browns: wood chips, hay, egg cartons, sawdust, cardboard boxes, shredded paper, leaves (fall)
Greens: food scraps (~25 gallons per week), grass clippings, egg shells
Here is my question:
I know there are many other things I could put in the compost-- lint, hair, some coffee grounds, leaves, old flower bouquets, etc etc etc.
Is there an advantage to having a wide variety of materials in the compost system?
That would be more work and I think I have a pretty good variety, but I thought I'd check!
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