When is the compost ready?

Ideal conditions of the proper bin system (good layering of greens and browns, the correct amount of moisture, adequate mixing, and high temperatures) can produce compost in less than one month. However, it usually requires several months for good compost to be produced. Your compost is ready to use when it is brown, uniform in consistency, crumbly, and has a sweet earthy smell. You may want to sift your compost through a screen before use.

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1. How do I build a compost bin?
2. How do I start a compost pile?
3. When is the compost ready?
4. How do I use my compost?
5. Can I use compost in the vegetable garden?
6. How do I use compost in the flower garden.
7. What can be composted?
8. What cannot be composted?
9. What is "compost watering"?
10. Where can I get more information or resources about composting?