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English - Easy Guide to Composting

English - Easy Guide to Composting

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Published by: Delaware Center for Horticulture on Aug 18, 2010
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Create your own Eden
Smelly compost?
If it gets too wet or if there isnot enough air in the heap yourcompost can smell. A commoncause is having too much foodand not enough dry ingredientsin your compost.
Fix it 
 Fork in dry leavesor garden mulch. Add garden lime,dolomite or woodfire ash tothe heap to reduce acidity.  Turn the compost to add air.
Fix it 
Add nitrogen-rich material, suchas kitchen scraps or green gardenvegetation. Turn the heap and add water.Cover the compost with insulatingmaterial in winter if it gets too cold.
Compost slow  to mature?
A slow composting system can meanthat the compost is not hot enough, orthere may not be enough air or water.
Fix it 
Always coverfood with alayer of gardenvegetationor soil – thencover heapwith underfelt,hessian or polythene plastic sheet.
Unwelcome visitors?
Ants, cockroaches,mice or ratscan sometimesmake yourcomposttheir home.
Compost bins and worm farms are available fromsome local councils.
Combine nitrogen-richingredients with sawdustor shredded newspaperbefore adding to the heap. Give your compost heap a‘floor’ of planks to ensuregood drainage.
 Turn the compost todiscourage ants andcockroaches.Fine wire under thecompost bin or heap helpskeep out mice and rats.Avoid placing dairyproducts, meat andseafood in the compost.
The easy compost fix-it guide The easy compost fix-it guide 
As composting is a natural process, it doesn’t take muchto work out the problem. Some solutions are listed below.
For more information visit 
DECC Environment Line131 555
Published byDepartment of Environment andClimate Change NSW59–61 Goulburn Street, SydneyPhone: (02) 9995 5000 (switchboard)Fax: (02) 9995 5999 TTY: (02) 9211 4723Email: info@environment.nsw.gov.au
DECC 2009/286 ISBN 978 1 74232 229 2 April 2009 Printed on 100% recycled paper
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