Your waste can have a second life. This is particularly true of your organic waste, which you can transform into natural fertilizer for your garden and plants. However, if you’re not used to making your own compost, it can be easy to make mistakes that lead to unpleasant odors. Here are a few mistakes to avoid for an odor-free composter:
Tips for making compost
- Mix your waste properly: If you don’t mix your waste properly, it can decompose unevenly, leading to unpleasant odors. Be sure to mix your waste regularly for even decomposition.
- Add the right amount of green waste: Green waste (such as leaves, lawn clippings, etc.) is important for adding nitrogen to compost, but it’s important not to add too much. If you add too much green waste, it can cause a bad smell and slow decomposition.
- Add the right amount of brown waste: Brown waste (such as dry leaves, branches, etc.) adds dry matter and structure to compost, which can help prevent unpleasant odors. Be sure to add enough brown waste to balance the green waste.
- Maintain adequate humidity: If your compost is too dry, it can become dusty and fail to decompose properly. If your compost is too moist, it can smell bad and attract flies. Be sure to maintain adequate humidity, adding water if necessary.
- Don’t add non-compostable waste: Some things aren’t suitable for composting, such as fried foods, bones, fats and animal waste. This waste can cause unpleasant odors and slow down the decomposition of other waste. Make sure you only put compostable waste in your composter.
By following these tips, you should be able to maintain an odor-free composter. Read our article on what to put in your compost to make sure you don’t make a mistake.