How to identify good compost
The Manure Link program cannot guarantee the quality of compost advertised. To ensure you are getting manure that has been composted thoroughly and safely, follow our guidelines here. Feel free to explore this website to find more information.
Use two of your senses to help you identify good quality compost: sight and smell. Compost that is fully broken down will appear to be uniform in shape and size. Generally, when compost is ready it should be difficult to distinguish the original materials that went into it from each other. It should look dark and crumbly, much like soil.
When the composting process is complete, the result should smell like what you want the finished product to be – a healthy soil amendment. It should smell like earth, not like the original materials that went into it.