Originally Posted by NattyLawn
Buy a scope from Tim Wilson (includes microbe ID DVD) and take a look for yourself. Take a small amount of compost, put in a small container with a little bit of molasses, shake it up and see what you have.
Everyone using compost should have this in their tool kit. You will learn a great deal and be able to do it yourself.
One other thing, if your compost contains manure you should have it tested for E-coli.