5Avoiding problems

Composting is very easy and you won't have any problems if you “Food, Stir, Garden” every time. But, in our complex world things don't always go to plan. Here's how to fix any problems that might come up.


Keeping your microbial workers happy is the secret to composting. If you have a problem, think about what might be imbalanced in terms of their home, diet, air and moisture.

Remember to avoid feeding your compost:

  • Strong, scented leaves from eucalypts or pines because they can slow things down by “fumigating” your workers.
  • Too many animal products or carbohydrates.  This can cause the bin to smell and can attract vermin.