"Reboot" an inherited composter?
July 15, 2014 6:27 AM Subscribe
The prior owners of our house--and in all likelihood, the owners before them--had a composter
. When we bought our house, the composter was about half full with matter. Is it necessary to "reboot" the composter to begin using it, or should we just start with what's in there?
posted by Admiral Haddock to Home & Garden (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Our sellers had the house a couple of years, and they were not the kind to compost, I don't think--meaning that whatever's in there has been there for three years or so. And I have really no idea what is, in fact, in there. I popped the lid and it was brown and looked like it had been sitting there a long time, but didn't smell, or have things on the top layer that shouldn't be there. But I have no idea what lurks beneath! We'd love to start using right away and build on what's there, if possible (and not have to find a way to dispose of it), but I don't want to start aerating and find that Scarabic
had been doing the composting.
And, since you're here, if you have any tips for restarting a compost pile or favorite composting resources, I'd love to hear them.