Question: What should we do if our compost pile begins to smell?
Answer: A properly constructed and maintained compost pile will not smell. As a matter of fact, compost has a pleasantly rich, earthy odor. If your compost pile does have a bad odor, it means that one of the proper ingredients is lacking or is overly abundant. That's easy to fix. Here are symptoms and remedies if you should have a problem:
Question: We are starting a composting program using lunch scraps from the cafeteria. How can I make it clear why it's important to separate scraps, and also make it easy for the children to sort the waste?
A compost pile is simply a huge smorgasbord for billions of microorganisms. As with all living things, these creatures require: nutrients (carbon for energy and nitrogen to build proteins), water, and oxygen for respiration. Here's the short course in creating a sizzling outdoor pile.
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