In this article, I’m going to focus on providing information on what to do when your compost bin is full and when is ready.
You are timely adding your kitchen waste and other households scraps and a time reached when the compost is no longer accommodating your house and garden scraps. What to do next?
If your compost bin is full, you need to stop adding the composting materials and cover the compost bin and give it time to compost.
What to do when Compost is too wet
If your compost becomes too wet, it is an indication that you added too much green organic matter. In this case, you need to add brown organic matters to balance the green organic matters in the compost.
Brown matters include dried leaves, shredded newspapers, chopped straw, chopped cardboard, and chopped hay. Adding these composting materials to your compost can help reduce the moisture in your compost.
What to do when Compost smells Bad?
Compost will smell bad of you added compatible materials that release an unpleasant odor. These compatible materials include onions, garlic, meat scraps, fish scraps, and carnivores’ feces.
Additionally, your compost can also smell bad if the compost contains too many green composting materials.
In order to avoid having compost that releases unpleasant odor, you need to avoid composting materials that can cause bad odour in your compost.
Moreover, you need to add both the brown and green organic matter in correct proportion, which is usually 1 part green organic matter to 2 parts brown organic matter.
What to do when your Compost is Ready?
When your compost finishes decomposing, you need to harvest the compost. The harvesting is done by emptying the compost bin content on the ground. Use you garden shovel to the compost that is fully finished and return the part of compost that is yet to finish composting back into the compost bin.
Frequently asked Questions
How do I empty my Compost Bin?
You can simply empty the compost bin when you lift the compost bin up and the off the heap down. This can help empty the Compost neatly on the ground, which is the same thing as turning out a sandcastle.
Place the empty compost bin on the other side of the compost heap. Then, using your fork, fork back the materials that do not breakdown completely.
When you are turning the compost in this way, you are allowing the air to pass into the compost and this helps fasten the composting process.
How long does it take for Compost to Breakdown?
Depending on the factors available that aids in speeding up the composting process, average compostable materials that are usually compostable in a compost bin can take 2-3 months while materials that are composted in a compost pit can take anywhere from 6 months to 1 year or more before the materials become fully decomposed.
Can you keep adding to a Compost Bin?
You can continue to add compostable materials to your compost bin on a tame basis if you are using a cold or passive composting method. Learn more about the different composting methods.
This method is commonly known as “add-as-you-go method”, which means putting kitchen and garden waste to your compost bin or pile gradually over time.
Should my compost bin be Covered?
It depends on some conditions whether you need to cover your compost content or not. For instance, if you are composting with a compost pile, you do not need to cover the pile. And by leaving the compost pile opened, you are also allowing the air and water to move in and put of the compost, which also helps quicken the composting process.
However, on the other hand, you are also not conserving heat, which is generated in the compost when you left the compost pile opened.
And heat is also a vital factor that is required for proper breakdown of compostable materials, which means an opened or uncovered composting container can take a long time more than the composting container that is covered.
How often should I turn over my compost?
Turning your compost is a great way to increase aeration and heat in the compost, which means turning your compost can help speed up the composting process and shorten the composting time. Looking for the best compost aerators? Read our guide on how to choose the best compost aerator.
You can turn your compost about 2-3 times a week. This helps the compostable materials to evenly and completely combine with one another.
What happens if you do not turn in your compost?
By not turning your compost l, the compost will still decompose. But, as some explained above, turning the compost can help speed up the process and also help produce compost that is fully combined and completely finished.
Do compost heaps attract rats?
Rats can be attracted to your compost if you add compostable materials such as fish scraps, meat scraps, and dairy products. So, if you want to avoid rays, you need to avoid adding these types of compostable materials.
I hope this article gives a piece of useful information about what to do when your compost is full or ready. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below.