You may have noticed your unfinished compost forming large, dense balls in your tumbler, a little like these...
Compost balls and clumps commonly form during tumbling when your compost is a little too moist. You may have also added large amounts of clumping-prone materials such as grass clippings, paper or cardboard.
It is best to remove the balls or clumps as their contents will receive little aeration; resulting in an anaerobic, smelly situation. And, ultimately, slowing down your compost.
What can you do?
- Step 1: Don’t panic! It is an easy (and fun) fix.
- Step 2: Grab your favourite gardening tool and break up the clumps.
- Step 3: Give your compost a little TLC...
a) Balance out the moisture levels with some browns
b) Before adding clumping-prone materials, make sure that the moisture levels are balanced. This will minimise their clumping tendencies!