Undesireable materials

May contribute pests (weeds, plant diseases) when inadequately composted

Weedy, persistent plants Diseased plants

Human health hazard

Dog or cat feces, used kitty litter

May attract flies, rats, animals

Oils

Dairy products

Meat or bones of animals, poultry, fish

Are not biodegradable

Metals, glass Rubber, plastics rial at the top will now be at the bottom. In the process, you are aerating the pile, and you can add water if the pile seems to be dry.

  1. Continue to monitor the temperature in the pile. It should heat up again. After the temperature peaks, turn the pile once more. You may note that white molds decrease over time, insect populations will change, and beneficial worms become abundant as the compost matures.
  2. The process is completed when the pile does not generate any more heat. When the pile is cool and the compost has aged for another four weeks, it should be finished. The pile should be much smaller than its original size, and the original materials should no longer be recognizable. The compost should be dark, loose (crumbly), and without any strong or unpleasant odor.
  3. Use the compost to mix into the soil or to make compost tea to use for watering crops, seedlings, and starts. Spread compost on your lawn and under shrubs, flowering plants, vegetables, and trees.
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