How To Speed Up Your Compost Heap
||If you want to speed up your compost heap, turn it with
a fork on a regular basis - once a week for the best result. Mixing the
compost allows oxygen into the centre of the pile, where it encourages
the growth of bacteria and micro-organisms. Fresh manure will
activate the pile, causing it to decompose more quickly.
The size of the ingredients has a lot to do with the
speed of decomposition. If you don't have a shredder for your leaves and
small twigs, an excellent alternative is to run the lawnmower over them
before you add them to the heap.
COMPOST PROBLEMS - REASONS AND CURES
The table below shows common problems with compost and
how to cure them.
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.|
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