How to Reduce the Smell of Compost – My Personal Story
I’m sure that anyone who is really into gardening has tried their hand in making their own compost. I mean, you can’t trust all of that fertilizer stuff that all of those garden stores have. Who knows what goes into those products? If you’re looking to make your garden as organic as possible, you simply need to use your own compost. Of course, compost is absolutely essential in keeping the garden fertile for any kind of crop that you might want to grow. Everyone I know in my community are very obsessed with their compost.
But, we all know one thing – compost can stink. Well, not just stink, sometimes it can sometimes smell like you have a rotting dead animal in your backyard! Not nice. If you have been dealing with problems in regards to the smell of the compost in your home, you’ve come to the right place. I had been dealing with a horrid compost smell for the past few weeks, and I finally discovered how to reduce the stench. I am sitting, writing this in my backyard, and all I smell is the beautiful smell of flowers … not something that smells awfully like dog poo.
What are the Ratios in Your Compost?
The ratio of material in your compost plays a very large part in how bad or good, your compost will smell. In general, if you are making compost from backyard clippings and fruit and vegetable leftovers, you will have both nitrogenous material as well as carbon-centric materials in your compost. Nitrogenous materials, when they are heavily over powering of the carbon-centric materials in the compost will produce a very bad stench.
Carbon-centric materials are typically anything and anything brown that you will find in your background. Everything from dirt, dead leaves and sticks will be classified as carbon-centric materials. You want to make sure that you have more carbon-centric materials in your compost than nitrogenous. Basically, if you find out that your compost is basically a whole bunch of salad leftovers with some grass clippings, your compost is going to smell bad. Add an equal or more amounts of carbon-centric materials and you will notice that the stench of the compost will drastically reduce.
Things You Should Never Throw into the Compost
I find it very common that amateur composters are putting the wrong things into their compost. I’m sure that either you or someone you know has definitely put some of the big no-no’s in compost into their compost. People get the wrong idea and think that they can put all of their food scraps into the compost and that will magically cause some great compost – certainly not.
You should never put any meat into your compost. Meat will decompose and rot and produce a stench that will literally go all over your neighborhood. Not to mention you will find juicy maggots crawling all over your compost, with a side order of a large amount of flies! No, never put any kind of meat, even bones into your compost if you want to make sure that you have proper fertilizer that doesn’t smell in the slightest.
Furthermore, never ever put any dairy into your compost. Much like meat, milk will spoil and rot in your compost. You will find the most horrendous stenches you have ever experienced coming from your compost if you choose to throw a large amount of old milk and cheese into the mix. Never, ever, ever, put dairy into your compost.
The Location of the Compost Pile
The whole point of compost is to provide the bacteria air so that they can make the compost fertile and fit for use throughout the garden. You see, the magical component that I’m talking about his oxygen – air. You need to set up your compost pile in an open space which is subject to lots of air.
When compost is not able to get the air it needs, the bacteria starts to decompose the compost. This leads to horrible smells that will stink up your whole backyard. I am amazed when I see some people put compost into a bin of some sort. Putting your compost into a compact bin will ensure that you will get some mean smells coming out of it in no time!
Compost should be a neat pile in an open area of your backyard. If you want to make sure that all of the compost that you use throughout your home is smelling great and doesn’t leave guests, friends and family with a face that looks like ‘somebody stinks!’ then follow the tips given in this article!