Changing Carbon to Nitrogen ratios of materials as they age (breakdown?).
I'm looking the Carbon/Nitrogen ratios of materials to help me manage my hot, turn composting. I usually see listings on tables, such as: Leaves 60:1 Grass Clippings 20:1 Wood Chips, Wood, Saw Dust, Branches w/ranges from 100:1 to 750:1 What I have deduced, is that: When leaves are listed, it is assumed they are the dry Autumn leaves that have fallen on their own. When grass clippings are listed, it is assumed they are dumped right from the bagger when mowing. All wood products seem to be "as lumber". I assume leaves and grass clippings would be similar when comparing fresh to fresh or dry to dry, other than leaves having a bit more fiber = less nitrogen. In my many searches I did find articles on OSUext which mentioned that green prunings and shrubbery were in the correct C:N range for compost. Finally, my question(s) / what I would like to know: The ratios of any of things listed above (in what state). A timeline vs ratio graph of fresh cut wood as it dries, (and beyond, I will often find a piece of lumber/wood to add to the compost pile that is spongy to falling apart rotten). Some explanation of the process. Is the nitrogen released into the atmosphere? Is there bacterial component? Climate Change implications? Obviously I'm not expecting you to create content, just pointed toward info would be great, my hours of searching have yielded little.
Clackamas County Oregon
I think you must be composting and I think you may wish some coaching on your process. If so, write back and tell me how you're composting and what the change is you'd wish to see.