FAQ

Why does my compost pile smell like ammonia?

You have added too many nitrogen rich materials (green materials and kitchen waste) and not enough carbon rich materials (browns, like sawdust, dry leaves). Add some more carbon rich materials to your compost pile.

Why does my compost pile smell like sulfur?

The pile may be too wet or not be getting enough oxygen. Simply just turn your compost pile with a aerator or shovel and add some dry waste to balance the moisture.

Compost pile feels too damp.

You may have added too many nitrogen rich materials (green materials and kitchen waste) and not enough carbon rich materials (browns, like sawdust, dry leaves). Or your compost pile doesn't have good drainage. Add more carbon rich materials to your compost pile.

Compost pile center is too dry.

You pile does not have enough moisture. To moisten add some rainwater collected from your rain barrel.

Compost pile seems only damp in the middle.

Your compost pile may be to small or the temperature outside is just too cold and slowing the decomposition process.

The decomposition process is going to slow.

You may have added too many carbon rich materials browns, like sawdust, dry leaves) and not enough nitrogen rich materials (green materials and kitchen waste). Or the compost pile is not getting oxygenated enough. Try adding nitrogen-rich greens and aerating your pile. You can even try adding an accelerator.

Why does my pile smell rancid like rotten eggs?

The compost pile is not getting enough oxygen and has to much moisture. Rotating the contents with an aerator or give your compost tumbler a regular few spins.