Regular turning of your compost pile is one of those garden jobs that often is forgotten. Turning your pile over does several things:
- Mixes the new items you have added to your pile with your older items.
- Allows air to get to items that may previously have not had it.
- Discourages pesky insects (gnats, flies, mosquitoes, etc.) from gathering and laying eggs by covering food scraps not yet decomposed. This is only an issue if your pile is near where people will be, and therefore they will be pesky.
- Speeds up the decomposition of your pile. In other words, you will have compost that you can use faster. (This is my favorite reason.)
Even with the warm weather it is still a good idea to keep turning your pile. While the added heat outside helps things along, turning it has other added benefits (as seen above).
Also, if you haven’t added this to your garden calendar, this is a good time to do so.