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.
Keeping this in view, 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 compost accelerator?
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.
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.