Mold In Compost

Mold In Compost

Compost can help the organic matters to decompose quickly. However, due to the high moist and acidic environment, it is very easy for mold and fungus to grow in compost piles. The appearance of mold indicates that the environment of the compost is perfectly balanced for the organic decomposition. Actually, in high quality compost piles, it is very easy to find molds inside.

Compost is a good method to turn the waste organic substances like fallen leaves and grass clippers into useful gardening medium. Mold will appear in the process of decomposition and it will actually quicken the process to a great extent. Most compost piles need a balance between dry stuff like dry leaves and green stuff like grass clippings. Generally more dry stuff are required than the green stuff and the ratio between them should be around 2:1. If your compost pile looks like a forest floor, it indicates that your pile is a good one. You should not use any animal products for the compost pile to avoid attracting pests.

If you and your family are not allergic to mold, just leave them alone. Usually shredded materials are easily to generate mold due to their high speed of decomposition. Some PH balancing materials can be used to balance the ph level in the pile. Sometimes, you can slowly turn the bedding of the compost to stop the growth of the mold.

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