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In the home composting basics guide I went through just about everything that you need to do to ensure that you know how to make good compost.
But still we get many people contacting composter reviews saying that no matter what organic matter they add to their composter they simply never get good results.
And that is even with using one of our favorite compost tumblers the Achla spinning composter!
This is basically down to one common problem: Moisture.
At the heart of any successful compost is a balance of good organic matter, the more the variety the better, and adequate moisture.
It is why we love the compost tumbler so much, it allows us to ensure that we never get the matter too wet and end up with nothing more than a soggy mess!
So many people who compost on open compost heaps simply never get optimal results.
This is because they either allow the heap to get too wet or they live somewhere dry where there is not enough rain to keep the heap moist.
The absolute best way to get perfect compost is to use a compost tumbler or other sealed container so that we can control how wet the matter becomes.
This does not have to be technical and it certainly does not need to be measured, such things simply are not needed.
But what is needed is some form of moisture.
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How Wet Does A Compost Heap Need To Be
It really does not need to be too wet.
If you compost on an open pile then the best thing to do is to cover it with an old carpet and not let too much rain get in.
This works very well and will certainly improve the end product no end.
In fact it can be the difference between getting any kind of positive result or not.
Compost Tumblers For Good Compost
We recommend that you use some form of sealed container and a compost tumbler is about as good as it gets, although, of course, there are other compost bin options available too.
If you use a compost tumbler or another receptacle then you need to ensure that the organic matter stays moist.
Many people take this to the extreme and add in water on a very regular basis.
This stops the process of composting from being successful so it is certainly not advised.
Moisture In Organic Matter
Many things you add to the soon to be compost contain enough moisture without any extra being added.
If you can mix up what you add as much as possible then you may find that no extra moisture is needed at all.
A fine example of this would be if you added lawn clippings once a week. Especially if you are not the one who does the mowing!
Combined with other moist organic matter most people will find that no added water is needed.
The problem arises as most people simply do not add enough variety to their composter and it does not contain enough moisture.
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What We Recommend
If you simply do not have access to enough variety of matter, although a Kitchen compost pail should ensure that you do, then the absolute best thing is to add a small amount of liquid to the composter.
You do not want to add in too much though.
Just enough so that the content is damp, never sodden.
In an effort to always ensure we do not waste water, at our home we use water that has been sued to wash the dishes with.
Rather than pouring down the sink why not take advantage of what is actually a very nutrient rich concoction and pour some on to the composter?
It works absolute wonders.
So, a few simple things to ensure that you have the absolute best compost possible:
- A mixture of organic matter
- Add different matter at different times to layer the contents
- Never let it dry out
- Never let it get too wet
- Add washing-up water to maintain moisture and add in excellent nutrients too
If these few simple steps are followed then you will find that you have the best compost imaginable.
It really does not need to be scientific and exact, just ensuring it never dries out or gets constantly soaked by the rain is enough to provide you with more compost than you will ever need.
And if you use a compost tumbler all of this can be achieved in a matter of just a few short weeks too.
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