|The compost has a bad odor
||Not enough air; pile too wet
||Turn it; add coarse dry materials such as straw, corn stalk, etc.
|The center of the pile is dry
||Not enough water; too much woody, coarse material
||Turn and add moisten materials; add fresh green wastes, chop or shred coarse wastes
|The compost is damp and warm in the middle, but nowhere else
||Collect more material and mix the old ingredients into a new pile
|The heap is damp and sweet-smelling but still will not heat up
||Lack of nitrogen
||Mix in a nitrogen source like fresh grass clipping, fresh manure, blood meal or ammonium sulfate.
Backyard Composting brochures are available through the Office of Recycling. For a free brochure, call 410-638-3417. For your convenience, we have included a copy of the "Home Composting" brochure (PDF) for download.