07 Oct '11, 10am

How to Troubleshoot Your Compost Pile

How to Troubleshoot Your Compost Pile

Trying to reduce your household’s waste and do something good for the planet, you’ve been saving your apples cores and carrot peels and started a compost pile. But maybe you’ve noticed a strange odor coming from the bin, or you’ve observed the worms in your worm bin trying to escape. What do you do? We’ve rounded up a list of common composting conundrums – and give you tips on how to troubleshoot them. Troubles when composting food scraps with yard trimmings Problem #1: The compost pile smells bad. Solutions: If your compost pile is giving off an ammonia-like odor, it may contain too many nitrogen-rich materials – known as “greens” – including grass clippings and fruit and vegetable trimmings. Decomposition only occurs when you have an equal balance of greens and carbon-rich “browns” – dry, woody materials like fallen leaves or pruned shrubs. To correct the nitrogen-carbon...

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