5 tips for good compost
Top 5 composting tips:
1: Get the carbon to nitrogen ratio right. We want 30 part carbon to 1 part nitrogen, or simply 1 third green to 2 thirds brown matter. Don't forget to include manures in the green part.
2: Get the air right. To produce high quality aerobic composts which limit the production of human and plant pathogens, turn the compost often.
3: Watch the temperature, if it gets too hot your biological microbes can die and quality compost production will stop. Turn the compost regularly and monitor it with a thermometer probe.
4: Compost is alive and it needs water. There should be enough water to squeeze out of a handful, but not so much as it drips on its own. Top up the water if necessary at each turn and use a moisture meter if you are not sure.
5: Watch your inputs, the pile is alive so limit the inputs of known biocides such as onion, garlic, citrus, ashes and plants treated with fungicides/herbicides/pesticides or other agricultural chemicals.