Action to Take
coarser ingredients such as straw or woody shrub cuttings.
the heap to introduce more oxygen. Add coarser material such
as straw or woody shrub cuttings.
dry leaves or cut newspaper to absorb the excess water, then
turn the heap.
not heating up
a nitrogen source such as fresh manure, grass clippings or
bone meal, then turn the heap.
watering, be sure the water gets to the centre of the heap.
Try poking deep holes in the pile before watering.
compost smells earthy rather than rotten or moldy and is dark
brown and crumbly.
is damp and only the centre is warm
is too small
more compost material.