How To Compost Without Raising a Stink

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Composting is an awesome way to make your own fertilizer for your garden beds, but sometimes it can stink. Here is a great guide to teach you How To Compost Without Raising a Stink. When you are doing your composting right, it shouldn't have an odour at all. It just requires having the right balance between moist and dry materials. Just like in baking, depending on what you want to make, you have either a drier or wetter batter. In this case, you want a mixture that is the consistency of moist soil, but not so moist that it is on the verge of becoming mud. You really don't want it to be too dry either because it will not break down as good, and you definitely don't want it to be a soupy mess either because then it will most likely be a stinky sludgy mess.

There are many things you can put in the compost, a general rule, is if it came from the earth, return it to the earth. So any plant matter like vegetables, fruits, herbs, grass clippings, maybe not weeds though, anything that was once growing from the earth basically. The other things you should never put in a compost are things like meat, animal products like bones, dairy products. The only animal product you can put in your compost are egg shells, which make excellent fertilizer. You can also put paper that hasn't been bleached or dyed in your composted, things like egg cartons, not the styrofoam ones of course, cardboard, etc. Never put any plastic or wood into the compost. Wood is an organic material, but it takes a long time to break down, same with cork. You can also put in your coffee grounds and tea bags too!

The other key component is to make sure that you are stirring your compost regularly and either wetting it slightly or adding dry matter like hay, dried leaves, or dry grass. You stir it with a shovel mixing in whichever you feel you need most at the time. Keep an eye on it, but don't tend to it too often, just let it do it's thing, nature knows what to do and usually needs very little assistance.

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