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Step 5: Harvest and useA properly managed compost pit or bin should be ready in five to ten weeks; however, don’t be discouraged if takes longer – it can even take up to two years, depending on the speed of the process and the depth of your composting pit. Remove the covering soil, net or cloth to take a look at the pit. You can tell that the compost is ready is when no recognisable food content is visible and it looks brown and crumbly with a fresh-earthy smell to it. This compost now acts as a perfect, organic, natural fertiliser for plants. You can either mix it in the soil before planting grass, vegetables, flowers or shrubs, use it as mulch or add it to the soil used for your potted plants.Read more:7 Everyday Steps to an Environmentally Friendly HomeTell us:Have you ever made a compost pit at home? Share your experiences in Comments below.