When making homemade mulch, should I expect it to smell bad?
It's a closed container with essentially, rotting greens, so I should expect a bit of a smell, right? But no mold?
You can make homemade mulch from chopped up leaves, small tree branches, and wood chippings. Depending on where you put the mulch it might kill the grass underneath it. Try to keep it from decomposing. You would probably expect it to smell but not as much as compost.
It should have a clean earthy smell. If you get a rotting smell there isn't enough oxygen in the compost. Composters should be ventilated and stirred to allow circulation.
There is good bacteria (aerobic) and bad bacteria (anaerobic). If you do not have good air circulation and proper moisture inside your bin, you will encourage the bad (smelly) bacteria to grow because the good bacteria have died. By turning your composting materials over with a pitchfork, you will increase the oxygen flow and reduce the chance of bad bacteria taking over. You could also consider adding earthworms to your mulch, they help speed up the composting condition and also will provide you with a wonderful fertilizer for your garden and house plants in shorter time than just a material compost pile.
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