April 21, 2016
I tried composting at home thrice. First time i used (1:3 i.e GREEN : BROWN)- didn't use an activator just plain water, second time 1:2- no activator just water, third time equal qty with lil buttermilk. it has been more than three months since i started the first compost, it has reduced a lot and looks a bit broken down, smells earthy but looks dark brown. the thing is i am NOT getting decomposed black powder. all 3 compost look so dry that I have to water them a bit nearly everyday. they are kept on the terrace in full sunlight. i don't know what am i doing wrong? i even added lil buttermilk to all three a week ago. so the thing is i have 3 containers filled with dry dry materials. even the food scraps become dry in a day. so where is the moisture??? pls advise.
April 29, 2016
congratulations on starting composting. Like you , I went through some dificulties, but eventually I chanced upon a method that is sooo cheap and hasslefree, it is unbelievable. just need soil and an old container. I post the link here. https://www.facebook.com/group.....106861899/
as for your query about where the moisture is, in this heat it is evaporating, and if you are using an earthen ie a mudpot container, it will be going off through the pores even quicker. the link above is simply a fill it - shut it -- forget it method. best luck. smita koppikar