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Eric Vinje

Hello –

If your compost pile stinks, something is wrong. Ordinarily composting will not create odors which seems odd as we usually think of decomposition as being a smelly business. If you do notice a smell chances are that there is not enough oxygen to support the aerobic microbes and the anaerobic ones have taken over. To fix this problem, simply stir and aerate the heap. Mixing the contents will discourage the anaerobic microbes while encouraging the less smelly aerobic microorganisms to grow and thrive. I’ve included a link to our page on composting problems. Hopefully it will help.


Good luck!