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White Fuzz in Composter

Post  Rahab222 on 5/13/2013, 1:45 am

I bought an 85-gallon Lifetime composter. I filled it with 80% brown and 20% greens. I barely misted the top of the leaves with water before closing the lid and have been turning the barrel every day. Today, I opened the lid and there was white, fuzzy stuff in my compost (it's been composting for about 7 days). This "white fuzz" is the same as I see in my compost bucket I keep under the kitchen sink after the greens have sat in there for a couple of days. As in the fruits and vegetables grow white fuzz. I guess it's the same as if you left something in the icebox too long and it grew "fuzz" on it. The compost looked a little too moist, so I turned it a few times and then left the lid open to give it some air while I worked in the garden.

What is this white fuzz? Is it going to go away as the items continue to compost? Will it contaminate my plants if I use this batch of compost on them (this is my first batch of compost)? I added two more shovelfuls of brown leaves, but they were also damp since we had rain a couple of days ago.

On the fourth day of this batch being mixed, I could see steam rising out of the composter. I put my hand above the compost and could feel A LOT of heat! Today I didn't feel any heat (Day 7) rising off the compost. I assume the fruits and vegetables added quite a bit of moisture and this might be why the compost is so damp? However, the white fuzz looks really nasty. What is it and what's causing it?

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Post  littlejo on 5/13/2013, 8:33 am

Don't worry, it's natural. Some white fuzz is from the heat and stuff breaking down. If it starts to smell, add something dry/brown, otherwise, continue on.
I don't know what this fuzz is called.
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Post  Rahab222 on 5/19/2013, 12:31 am

Okay, the white fuzz is gone. I guess it's just part of the natural breakdown of the fruits and vegetables? Also, my composter is leaking compost tea beneath the composter, but the unit doesn't come with a "capture system". Am I going to find a bunch of compost tea at the bottom of the barrel after the composting is complete? I'm trying to turn the barrel several turns every day to keep everything stirred up.

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Re: White Fuzz in Composter

Post  yolos on 5/19/2013, 11:00 am

I am not sure my method of determining the right dampness works for a tumbler but it works real good for my compost bin. When I first started researching composting, what I found was most people saying the compost should feel like a damp sponge. But I could not determine how damp was damp. I later found the suggestion to get a handful of compost and squeeze it. If one drop of water came out it was perfect but if 3 drops came out it was too wet and needed turning or more browns added.

I imagine the white fuzz is just the vegetative waste decaying.

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