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 arise.


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 there are some 'things to avoid' feeding your compost:

  • Strong, scented leaves from eucalypts or pines can slow things down by 'fumigating' your workers
  • Bad smells can be caused by too many animal products or carbohydrates and this can also attract vermin