5 simple tips to keep your compost healthy

Monitor the moisture level

There’s no point going into complex methods of actually monitoring the moisture levels, because most people won’t bother. If your compost starts to smell bad, it’s probably too wet. Try adding dry materials like wood chip in to equalise the moisture level.

Add moisture to the middle of compost heap

This is where it is needed the most. The middle of the pile is where it is the hottest and therefore dries out the quickest. This is especially important in plastic compost bins because the sides of the bin keep moist through the condensation.

Use diatomaceous earth

This is to kill any ants or red mites. While they do help to aerate the compost, they can cause problems when you use it.

Aerate and mix contents effectively

Try to avoid layering the same materials where possible (this is sometimes difficult with grass cuttings). Aerate every 5-10 days and even poke holes with a thick stick to get air into the centre of the pile.

Get the carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous balance right

Microbes require 1 part nitrogen to 25 parts carbon to be effective. Grass & plants cuttings and fruit/vegetable waste are high in Nitrogen while dry leaves, wood chips and sticks are high in carbon. Use fertilisers with the correct C:N:P balance for the types of waste you are adding.

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