Fault-finding diagram for the compost

21.4.2018

Fault-finding diagram for the compost

 

If the compost stinks

Compost does not heat up and has a rotten stink
  • Compost is too wet and/or dense
  • Mix the compost properly and add coarse bedding to it
  • The smell disappears in a few days and the compost starts working normally
Compost is hot and stinks of ammonia
  • Increase the use of sour bedding (e.g. peat or bark)
  • As a first aid, spread a layer a couple of centimeters thick of this bedding on the surface of the compost  
  • Do not toss the compost too often

The compost neither warms up nor stinks

Humidity is suitable
  • Compost has decayed to a point, where the hot phase is already over
  • Empty the compost and start the filling over
Too dry
  • Sprinkle with warm water
Nitrogen content too low
  • Add, for example, granules of poultry manure or compoststarter in the compost

There are flies in the compost

  • If the compost stinks, mix it and add plenty of bedding to it
  • Turn the surface layer, where the flies have laid their eggs, over deeper in the compost
  • Rinse the inner walls of the composter and the cover with hot water
  • If you must do away with the flies by spraying, use pyrethrin-based insecticide, which decomposes in the compost

There are ants in the compost

  • Compost is probably too dry
  • Water and mix the compost

There is mould of fungi in the compost

  • Growth of mould or fungi in the compost is not a cause for concern - both of them belong to the decomposers of the compost