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How to fix some problems that can arise when composting

 

Sometimes during the composting process things do not go as they should: the bad smell, mold may appear, it seems that it never decomposes …

Do not worry, the problems that arise can be solved and also prevented to achieve an excellent quality compost to provide organic matter to the earth and it nourishes the plants of our organic garden .

These are some of the most common problems when composting and their solutions

  • Appearance of “slime”: it is caused by the excessive contribution of green matter (kitchen scraps, grass, etc.), lack of dry matter (leaves, branches, paper, cardboard, wood shavings, straw, etc.) or excess of Water. You need to balance it out simply by adding more dry matter.
  • Presence of mold: mold also participates in the decomposition for the creation of compost.
  • Things are growing in my compost: if some seeds are able to germinate in the compost it means that the temperature is lower than it should be. It is precisely the activity of microorganisms, worms, etc. the one that causes the temperature to increase, so if the temperature is not high, the compost is not being created. In general, the optimum maximum temperature is around 60º. Turning can help increase the temperature, it causes the temperature to increase. Doing it once a week could be enough.
  • Odors arise: the compost should smell like damp earth, if it has a rotten or unpleasant smell it means that there are too many anaerobic bacteria. Just as they decompose materials, they produce bad odors, and if there are too many they can produce a very bad smell. How to solve it? Add more dry matter and if you see that it is very compacted, you need to turn it over and more air, allow it to be more aerated to avoid the smell.
  • It takes a long time !: If there are worms in our compost , in about two months we can get vermicompost . If it is taking too long to break down, there are not enough bacteria “working.” Just add more dry and wet matter to create a compost pile and the temperature increases so the bacteria get to work.

 

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