Is my compost heap ok?
West Midlands, United Kingdom
I made a compost heap from mostly grass. At a later stage I read up on the subject and added greens (vegeatble peelings) and browns (paper/cardboard mulch) to balance it out.
I have uploaded a photo. I am turning it regularly and watering it too. Given the manner in which I created the heap, it appears that I followed the 'cool' process and not the hot one.
It's been a few months and I am now in possession of a reduced heap of mud like subtance, dark, earthy, moist, aroma friendly and thick. When I mix it, the word that comes to mind is 'sludgy'. It does not resemble the grainy texture of ready made compost and I'm concerned that it never will.
This is my first attempt at composting so I would be grateful for some expert advice. Have I erred in some way? Is it just a matter of allowing more time for this process to work? If so, how long? Is there anything I can/should be doing now or in the future to aide the process?
Many thanks in advance for any responses.
- 11 May, 2009