How do I recognize when the mixture has the correct moisture level?
Take some of the compost mass in your hand ( using rubber gloves if you wish) and squeeze it.
- If water runs down between your fingers, then it’s too wet.
- If the heap doesn’t hold together, it’s too dry.
- If there are only a few drops then it’s at the correct moisture level
|Weak heat/No heat.||
|Maggots||Too wet/weak heat||
|Big lumps||Too wet||
If you experience bad smell, here are some things to consider
|Ammonia||Intensive process, high pH.||Add dry woodpellets or sawdust and mix well.|
|Rotting||Waste too wet||Add dry woodpellets or sawdust and mix well.|
|Pungent, acidy smell (cheesy)||Oxygen deficiency-may be due to overfilling waste too wet Sometime occurs at the start
a new chamber cycle Too little sawdust
|Empty out some waste,add dry woodpellets or sawdust and mix well. Add woodpellets or sawdust and mix well. Add some ready-made compost and mix well. Unclog air vents.|