Monitor the Moisture Levels
Monitoring compost moisture levels is important to achieve healthy compost. This is because if the moisture levels are too low, the bacterial activity of breaking down materials is limited and the process becomes less effective. However, if the moisture levels are too high, the bacteria change their state and become anaerobic, creating a foul smell. The key to compost moisture levels is having balance.
Without diving into the complex methods of monitoring compost moisture (’cause let’s face it, most people simply want a solution) here are a couple of ways to get the perfect compost moisture.
- If your compost starts to smell bad, it’s probably too wet. Try adding dry materials such as wood chips, twigs, dry leaves and grass cuttings to equalise the moisture level. Also be cautious of the lack of material breakdown due to excess moisture.
- If the compost is too try, this will be quite obvious to spot. Simply water the compost light-handedly, until it has reached and saturated the desired location just enough.