Composting - Knowledgebase Question

Phoenix, Ar
Question by jenher5
March 13, 2010
My compost was not covered and we had several days of rain. Compost got real wet,and smelly. How can I dry my compost and how do I prevent the oder. Yikes!

Answer from NGA
March 13, 2010


What you have now is anerobic decomposition and it really does smell! The best way to remedy the situation is to incorporate fresh air. Use a garden fork to turn the pile - a couple of times a day - until the excess water evaporates. Or, rake the compost out of the bin or pile and spread it out on the ground or on plastic tarps for a day or two. The sunshine will dry it out and the odor will dissapate. You can then pile it back up to finish decomposing and turning into useable compost.

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