After a few months, the material near the bottom of your composter will no longer be individually identifiable. This means your compost is ready. Just lift the harvesting door on your bin and dig the compost out.
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A compost pile that is working well should not have an unpleasant odor. If it does, the materials may be too wet or compacted. Turn the pile to let it dry out, or add dry materials such as leaves.
Compost can be used in your garden, on your lawn, and around trees and schrubs.