Backyard Composting
Questions & Answers

Does Composting Smell?

No, a properly balanced compost pile should not smell. Adding “browns” and mixing your pile solves most odor issues.

How long before I can harvest compost?

Look for a dark brown, crumbly material at the bottom of your pile in six to 12 months.

How moist should my pile be?

Keep contents moist, like a damp sponge, but not soggy.

How do I keep critters out of my pile?

Leave meat, dairy, oil and fat out of your pile and cover the top with a layer of “browns.”

How can I get rid of fruit files in my house?

Empty kitchen container at first sight of fruit flies.

How can I speed up the process?

Chop large materials into smaller pieces, mix pile once a week by moving
material from outside to the center and toss in a handful of soil to introduce more microorganisms.

What should I look for in a good compost bin?

A locking lid, round shape for easy compost removal, side ventilation and a harvest door at the base.