Compost is a nitrogen- and carbon-rich soil amendment made from decomposing leaves, plant debris, coffee grounds, eggshells and soil. A new compost pile can benefit from an accelerator or tonic that helps to speed decomposition.
Just so, what will make compost break down faster?
Get the rich organic nutrients of compost onto your garden faster by helping your compost pile decompose more quickly. A compost pile's bacteria and other microorganisms generate heat when they digest organic material – kitchen scraps, yard litter – and turn it into nutritious, dark, crumbly compost.
How do you speed up composting?
If you want to get compost in a hurry, there are a few things you can do to speed the process along.
- Size it right. Compost piles that are about 1 cubic yard (3 ft square by 3 ft high) get hotter quicker.
- Turn it over. Microbes need oxygen to do their work.
- Keep the combo right.
- Keep it moist.
- Shred it.
What is a good compost activator?
Take heart, you can enhance the ability of your compost pile to "heat-up" (thus decompose sooner) by adding what is called an activator. What is An Activator? Technically, an activator (other than the natural activating GREENs inside your bin) is high in nitrogen.