Water and composting

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Every living organism including microorganisms need water for their lives. Even for many living things water is 70% of its content.

So how about composting, you might guess that composting process require lots of water to speed up the process. But you’re wrong, just enough water would do the process, more water could ruin it. The bacteria and other microbes live in the film of water that covers compost particles, and most soil animals especially worms, the most important ones are very intolerant of drying out.
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Air and compost

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Composting is an aerobic process, which is a fancy way of saying it needs air. What’s more, air is probably even more important than food the average compost pile runs out of air long before it runs out of food.

If there isn’t enough air, decomposition becomes anaerobic, which is bad news for two reasons. First, it’s much slower than aerobic composting, and second, some of the products, such as ammonia and hydrogen sulfide, don’t smell very nice.
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