It just started getting warmer out, and I noticed that the top of my pile had a lot of bugs flying around… when a pile is covered properly, this won’t happen.
I had been uncovering/depositing without adding new brown material, and since I got lazy this is what happened.
You can see halfway above the compost thermometer that there’s a section of greenish material/hay and then a solid blanket of leaves on top.
I get so happy when I shred a bag of leaves…it gives me several inches of fresh cover, which looks like this:
You’re looking at the solution to most composting issues.
Ample (shredded & dampened) leaf cover on top will:
-Negate any odors
-Kickstart your pile by providing enough carbon for your food scraps
-Insulate the pile (especially in winter, of course)
-Avoid attracting pests, neighbors or pesty neighbors
When making weekly food scrap deposits, dig a hole in the center by pulling back the cover material, dump and cover it up.
When is your compost ready to use? Some questions to ask yourself include:
How does it look?
Can you recognize any of the material?
How does it smell?
Is the material warm?
Here I have a few different samples of compost…vermicompost, tumbler compost, commercial compost, and trench compost.
What do you think of these samples? I feel like my tumbler compost and vermicastings could both go even longer before using them, but that they’re still OK if I were to use them now. In fact, I’m going to use these samples for my next “Clash of The Composts!” experiment coming soon… stay tuned!