How to improve questionable compost

There is a problem in the world of compost! We are always hearing stories about the poor quality of shop-bought compost and complaints about how difficult it is to make decent stuff yourself. The quality of shop-bought has undoubtedly dropped in recent years due to competitive pricing driving down quality but the fact is compost should never be rushed or made to half measures. Originally, I was going to post a ‘how-to’ guide on making compost but there’s already loads out there on the web and they’d probably be better than mine.

This one’s particularly informative and has a table of what you can compost! http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost.html

So instead I’m going to write about how to solve common problems with compost that isn’t up to scratch.

IT’S TOO WET

Compost can sometimes get too wet for multiple reasons – too much rainfall, not enough aeration, not enough nitrogen rich ingredients etc.

How to fix –

  • Place a tarpaulin loosely over the top to stop any more rainfall getting in.
  • Move the compost around using a pitchfork thoroughly (every 2 weeks)
  • Add nitrogen rich ingredients
  • Add ‘browns’ – carbon rich materials

IT’S TOO DRY

Obviously happens when there isn’t enough moisture – if you live in a dry climate or there hasn’t been any rainfall.

How to fix –

  • Water it and turn it regularly
  • Leave uncovered

THERE’S A BAD SMELL

There can be all sorts of reasons why compost produces a foul smell – too wet, too many greens, too much meat or dairy etc .

How to fix –

  • Cut materials finely before putting in – smaller materials are less likely to smell
  • Turn it regularly – again turning it regularly will keep the smell away
  • Keep a better mix of greens and browns – there’s plenty of advice on the internet about how to get the perfect mix greens and browns

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