2. Letting it Dry Out
Moisture is imperative for developing compost. While they don’t need to be watered every single day, compost piles should never be allowed to dry out completely. Moisture is needed for the beneficial bacteria to grow, as well as to attract the necessary insects. Give yours a good watering at least 3 to 4 times during the summer. If your weather has been particularly dry, water it more often. If you can place your pile in a spot where it gets hit with your sprinklers, you might not need to worry about it so much — just make sure the water is getting deep enough. To give your pile a good watering with the hose, set the hose on your pile and turn it on for about an hour.