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5 Common Compost Problems and Their Solutions

By: organicfarmingblog , 3:29 PM GMT on April 08, 2013

Common Compost Problems and Their Solutions 5 Common Compost Problems and Their Solutions
In order to have a profitable and fruitful soil, you need to have the right mixture of compost. However, there will always be problems. Here are 5 common problems in your cmpost and ways to fix them.


Problem 1: The Compost is Slimy, Soggy or Wet

Of course, these situations are indeed problems. There are three factors why these things happen: (1) too much oisture, (2) poor aeration, and (3) lack of nitrogen material.


You should prevent some things. First of all, you should not overburden your compost pile with wet materials such as spoiled hay, grass lippings and heaps of unshredded leaves. These materials can make the compost densed so much so that the center of the pile will receive no air. The best way to prevent a wet and soggy compost, you should not leave these materials especially during rainy days.

In order to not worsen the wet situation, you can put a loose-fitting lid and trap over the compost pile.

You can also have some ingredients which are rich in nitrogen like shellfish shells.


Problem 2: The Compost is Dusty and Dry

This is a common problem especially when the farmer lives in the West. From May to October, dry compost is a real pain in the neck. In these situations, your compost will have no enough moisture to encourage bacterial life which is important in order to fuel the composting process.


The solution to this problem is very easy: Water it!

To be specific, you should place an oscillating sprinkler over the dusty and dry compost.


Problem 3: There are Too Many Bugs in the Compost

Bugs are not that harmful to the compost. But if you do not remove them from the mixture before spreading it on the garden, they will probably snip off the emerging roots and leaves.


In order to get rid of bugs, you should level up the temperature o your heap to over 120ºF. After that, you should turn your compost pile over and then reconstruct it. Remember to water it as you do the process.


Problem 4: The Compost has ManyGrowing Plants

Weed is always a problem. The headache is that even in hot days, they are still growing.


If you figure out that the plants sprouting in your compost are weeds, you should pull them out and toss them back into another compost mixture—in this way, you will make a problem very useful.


Problem 5: The Compost Smells So Bad

If it contains too much nitrogen, your compost pile will certainly smell.


There’s no other way to get rid of the smell but to recreate the heap.

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