Turning Your Compost Pile

How often should you turn your compost? Enough to keep the contents well aerated so oxygen can get to everything and that it’s well mixed on a regular basis. This is largely governed by how big the pile is. The older compost will be at the bottom because it’s been there longer.\

Use your gardening fork to dig deeply into it so you can lift and turn the material, mix it up, and expose more of it to the air. If you’re not into that, there are composting drums that will do this for you when you give them a few turns on a regular basis.

If your compost starts to smell, it isn’t getting enough oxygen and needs to be turned and aerated mechanically. Go ahead and add in some dried material too, since there’s probably a bit too much liquid in it as well. Watch this video clip here for some additional tips and information.

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