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Composting Category

Problem: 

Compost pile is "cold" and otherwise not decomposing in the pace it normally should.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Pitch fork

  • Shovel

  • Manure

  • Compost activator (like ComposTumbler Compost Activator or Mantis Compost Activator)

  • Water (or other liquids like vegetable broth, juice or tea that will not be consumed)

Solution:

   

 

You find that your compost pile is not becoming of a normal, fruitful compost pile. 

In particular, you may find that your compost seems "cold" in that it has not generated enough "heat" to decompose the appropriately decomposable material that makes up such a compost pile.  In this case, use a pitch fork or shovel to frequently mix up the compost pile, to give each part enough optimum exposure to the sun; the edges of the pile should be mixed up and move over to the center of the pile ever two to three days so that the outside air may be able to help the heat generation, and thus decomposition, process.  To really stir up the heat of the compost pile, add some manure and/or a compost activator, such as ComposTumbler Compost Activator or Mantis Compost Activator.

If you otherwise find that your compost pile is too dry, add more water to it, and, if not water, as a substitute, you can add liquids such as vegetable broth, juice or tea to the pile.

 

Above all else, be sure not to add items that should not be a part of the compost pile to begin with, which may be contributing to the problem you are facing now, and such prohibited items include the following:  meat, dairy products, oils, and pet feces (such may contain parasites).  Such items are prohibited because they are not adept to composing well and not nearly in the time frame normally set for the maturation of compost for garden use.  Of course, this does not mean that you cannot include other foods and items in your compost; you can include the following as part of your compost pile:  vegetable food scraps, fruit food scraps, leaves, hay, cut grass, laundry lint, fire ashes, and hair from your pets.

So, tend to your compost pile when it needs a ruffling of its decomposing layers and be particular about the matters that make up your compost pile, making sure that you do not include any such item, as noted above, that would be problematic for your compost pile.

Ed the Handyman

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Your Handyman Zone Team

                                                         

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