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White fuzzy growth in my compost bin?

Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:31 pm
by rosiegirl
Hi all,

I was away for a couple of weeks and I came back to some white fuzzy growth (mold?) in my compost bin. Please ignore all those sprouts, though!

What is it? What do I do with it?

Re: White fuzzy growth in my compost bin?

Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:48 pm
by tomc
Stir it all up, sprouts and all. if the esthetic of decay is troublesome, maybe add some more dry browns (paper).

Re: White fuzzy growth in my compost bin?

Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:05 pm
by rosiegirl
it doesn't bother me, just wanted to make sure it was okay to stir it up!

Re: White fuzzy growth in my compost bin?

Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:39 pm
by rainbowgardener
It's fine, but it is a sign that your compost pile is staying too wet/ not draining well enough/ not aerated enough.

They always say a compost pile should be as damp as a wrung out sponge. Too dry and it stops working (until the rain comes, when it will start up again). Too wet and it excludes air, which is needed for the composting process.

So I would stir everything up, fluff it up, and then make sure you have enough channels for the movement of air and water.

A bigger pile works better. Compost everything!!! :)