I'm looking into building a compost pile, and was wondering if I need to water a compost pile if I put it on the edge of a creek.
The water in a compost pile needs to be right through the pile if you want the composting to occur throughout the pile. If you site the pile near a creek, how's the water supposed to get from a flowing creek up the bank to the pile?
The consistency of the pile should be like a slightly damp sponge. Too much water and it'll become anaerobic as the pile needs oxygen for the primarily aerobic decomposition to take place.