In its simplest form, healthy compost a a collection of organic, compostable
materials that have been mixed together, and is in the process of decomposing.
Your compost pile is healthy, if it is decomposing the materials that you
put into it. Optimum compost health, is occurring, if your compost pile is
decomposing at a maximum rate, producing finished compost, under ideal
conditions, in as little as 14 days!
Compost health can be measured in the speed at which it takes the materials
to decompose. Start to finish, a batch of compost can be made from 14 days
to 2 years. A compost pile that is not decomposing, or is decomposing
ever so slowly, is not healthy.
Another example of a compost pile that is not healthy, is when composting
grass clippings. Mow the lawn and bag it. Pile the the grass clipping up
into a pile. Come back just a day or two later, and you find a slimy, gooey
pile, that is giving off an obnoxious ammonia odor. By all means, this
is an unhealthy compost pile. However, by mixing in ample amounts of brown
materials with the grass, you avoid this mess.
You can maximize the health of your compost pile by paying attention to
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