You’re composting? Great! Whether you’re just getting started or have been at it for years, by using a compost bin you’re taking a major step to benefit the planet and shrink your own planetary footprint.
Composting is a pretty straightforward process, but like anything, results can vary. If your compost pile has ever become a smelly, rotten mess – and we’ve been there too – it’s probably time to take a look at your process. Employ these quick tips to take your compost from good to great:
- Keep it balanced with green and brown material. Basically, make sure you have a healthy balance between dry (brown) and wet (green) stuff in your compost bin. This keeps the composting process active, which is what you want.
- Break your materials down before you add it to the pile. Shred paper and cut up produce before tossing it in the pile to help expedite the decomposition process.
- Compost decomposes fastest between 120 and 160 F, so keep it as warm as possible. Direct sunlight is your friend! Decomposition will occur at lower temperatures, but it will take longer.
- Keep it damp, not wet. Think of a wrung out sponge.
- Give your pile some air! Regular turning and aeration of compost pile helps move the process along, and keeps your materials healthy.
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