Composting Project Update: It Thawed and Now It Smells!

Before you say it, let me explain...as I threw in the newly added vegetable matter, I realized my husband hadn't cut the kale stalks, banana peel and orange rinds into smaller pieces, which after taking this image, I did just that. Back to the update: last month our compost froze but with the warmer weather of the past few weeks, it thawed and now it smells. I've learned two possible reasons for why it smells, but I need your input......to figure out if my sources are, in fact, accurate.

Two possible reasons I've been told why the compost smells: it's not getting enough oxygen (rather, being turned enough) or it needs more brown matter, such as leaves or newspapers.

Or is this just what happens when compost thaws and too much moisture remains behind?

Thoughts? Comments? Please share in the comments below!

(Image: Landis Carey)

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