Each fall I sow my lawn with annual rye grass seed in order to have a good supply of "greens" for my compost pile through the winter. This year was no exception. I bought a ten pound bag of grass seed for this on two separate occasions, for a total of twenty pounds of grass seed from two different batches. I sowed the seed on October 18th and watered it in. As you can see from the picture below, the seed didn't germinate very well. In previous years this area would be a solid lush green color. Not this year.
I suspect that this warm winter that we've been enjoying has affected the germination of the winter grass seed and the growth of the grass as well. My lawn got patchy enough to mow one time and that was in December. My usual locations for obtaining grass clippings are all the same way. It just didn't grow. Consequently, my compost pile didn't get the greens that it needed to cook properly through the winter. I went to turning it about every ten days instead of every three days, but there was no significant change in the appearance of it. It didn't even produce steam when I turned it on cool mornings.
Finally some lawns grew enough so that they were mowed and I was able to gather some bags of clippings and blend their contents into my compost pile.
Yesterday I mixed in six lawn bags of grass clippings, each about 3/4 full, with my compost. Finally the compost should resume cooking like it is supposed to, and I'll go back to turning the pile every three days. The nitrogen materials really make a difference. I have read many times that in a case such as this, you can just mix in some nitrogen fertilizer as a susbtitute for the greens. I tried that a couple of years ago and it didn't work for me. The only thing it did was use up a four pound bag of dried blood organic fertilizer that could have been better used elsewhere in the spring.
I just thought I would share this information with my composting friends out there in case it might help someone else.
Thanks for visiting and seeing what's going on with my compost area.
Have a great vegetable gardening day!