4 Helpful Tips and Tricks to Get the Most out of Your Compost (and Keep it from Smelling Badly)

Composting takes about two to nine months, the process itself doesn’t require too much space or resources to get started on, which makes it easy to get started with. The end result, of course, is a beautiful rich soil that is ideal for plant growth.

However, it can sometimes be a little tricky to get right at first. Be sure to use the following tips and tricks to get the most out of your compost:

1. Balance is key.

The right mix of ingredients – brown materials (carbon-based materials, such as newspaper and shredded cardboard) and green materials (nitrogen-rich waste except meat, fat, and dairy products) – are all it takes to make a huge difference in getting quality compost for your indoor garden in Singapore.

For instance, having too much of the former will take longer to break down, and having too much of the latter will result in a slimy, smelly compost that hasn’t yet broken down completely. This is because bacteria need a balance in terms of nitrogen and oxygen.

In order to keep the bacteria in the compost working at peak efficiency, the ratio of carbon to nitrogen needs to be 30 parts carbon for every 1 part nitrogen.

2. Allow it to heat up.

This means that the process is working. If the pile is balanced, your compost should reach an internal temperature of sixty degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) over the course of seven to ten days. Ideally, the compost’s internal temperature should reach seventy-one degrees Celsius to kill off any pathogens or weed seeds that may have been introduced in the compost.

3. Aerate your compost pile regularly.

Most of the bacteria in your compost will need fresh oxygen in order to effectively convert the biodegradable materials into soil.  Aside from having holes into your sealed, create an air pocket into the pile by sticking a stake or a metal rod and wiggling it around.

4. Don’t make your compost wet and soggy.

Waterlogged compost is bad, and will not only disrupt the natural process, but will also make the compost smell worse. It’s for this reason that you shouldn’t keep adding water to your compost to the point that feels like a wrung sponge.

The key to giving your compost the right level of moisture is by simply giving it a gentle sprinkling of water each morning.

Whether you want to grow edible plants for your vegetable garden or simply add one or two potted plants to give your house a breath of fresh air, having good soil will make sure that they grow beautifully.

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