The Best Tips to Improve Compost
09 September 2015 04:30
Gardening, compost, compost bin, composting tips, how to compost, organic gardening
There’s 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 strategies driving down quality, but the fact is compost should never be rushed or made to half measures.
However, rather than to share a ‘how-to’ guide about making great compost, we thought it would be better for us to simply direct you to one that we highly recommend. We suggest this article from Earth Easy, which is particularly detailed and informative.
Instead, this blog is going to talk about how you can solve common problems with your compost if you feel it is low quality or just isn’t quite up to scratch.
YOUR COMPOST IS TOO WET
Compost can sometimes get too wet for multiple reasons – too much rainfall, not enough aeration, not enough nitrogen-rich ingredients among other things. The problem with wet, dense and damp compost is that it prohibits aeration and consequently oxygen supply to the bacteria that need it to effectively break down the waste materials and produce quality compost.
How to fix
YOUR COMPOST IS TOO DRY
Obviously happens when there isn’t enough moisture – if you live in a dry climate or there hasn’t been any rainfall. Despite the fact that we just said too much moisture prohibits oxygen supply to bacteria, the lack of it also is a problem because there’s isn’t enough to support the survival of bacteria within the compost.
How to fix
YOUR COMPOST HAS 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. The main thing to understand that smelly compost means that there is an imbalance in the composition of materials within the compost and it probably isn’t breaking down properly.
How to fix
If you don’t necessarily have any of these problems, or you fix these problems but you think your compost could still do with some improvement, check out why you should be using compost accelerator.