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How to treat compost
A great thing about compost is that it happens, almost despite what you do to it! The pile you have created may be a little too small to decompose quickly. Generally you need a pile up to 3 feet in all dimensions to get the internal temperatures high enough for rapid decomposition. However, smaller piles will decompose, too, just at a lower temperature, and thus, at a slower rate. Mixing the pile also speeds decomposition, as does careful attention to maintaining the correct moisture levels