It was 160 Degrees in the Garden Yesterday!
OK it was actually 160 degrees in the pile of fresh grass clippings that the grounds crew at Wayland delivered to the garden. I took a digital kitchen thermometer to the garden yesterday morning to see what kind of heat the pile was generating. I was shocked to find out that it was that hot! We had two dump trucks bring in grass that was fresh cut and had a rain shower on it. Then it rained a bit the following morning and evening! What luck. It ought to break down fairly quick.
You can just see the base of the pile to the left of the compost bin. I reported the temperature to the head of the Math/Science dept and he related how, when he was growing up, several dairy barns burned down because they put up wet hay! So, I got out the pitch fork and moved the pile away from combustibles.