Solving compost nuisances and problems
If you follow the recommendations in the previous sections, you shouldn't have any trouble with composting. But if things go sideways on you, here are some tips:
- It stinks! You have too much green stuff or water in your mix. Turn the pile and add some browns.
- It's too cold! Make your pile bigger, water it, turn it, or add some greens. Insulate the pile with straw if air temperature is low.
- It's too hot! The pile is supposed to be quite hot, especially during the early stages. But a pile that's too big or not well ventilated can overheat, killing the microorganisms that are there to help. Turn the pile and divide it if necessary to reduce the size.
- It's overrun with critters! No meat in the pile, okay? It attracts raccoons, skunks, rats, and other meat-eaters. And cover those kitchen scraps, which attract fruit flies. If you see a large furry paw rising up out of the pile, run like crazy.
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