How can you naturally speed up compost? Photo credit: Shutterstock / Suzanne Tucker
More and more of us have a garden composter … Waste reduction, recycling of bio-waste – all these reasons force us to invest in a composter. Still with the hope of being able to use our compost to fertilize our soil when planting.
But sometimes the disappointment is great when we use our compost and we are forced to re-invest in the soil for lack of compost … Composting is not a “magical” process and requires some manipulation for its maintenance. In order to get compost faster, there are a few rules that need to be followed all year round. To speed up the compost, you have to work!
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For a compost to perform at its best, it is better to throw in small pieces of waste than large, compact quantities. It is also necessary to vary the plants as much as possible (cut herbs, vegetable peels, coffee grounds) to create a varied alchemy.
How can you naturally speed up compost?
You don’t need a chemical compost activator. There are a few simple tips that can help you get rid of your waste.
Aerate your compost by mixing the different layers once or twice a month … so that the waste that is already decomposing mixes with the new waste. Composting is a fermentation process. Air has to circulate there so that microorganisms can “work”. Maintain a certain level of humidity in your composter … but be careful, it must not be damp as there is a risk of your waste rotting. Plant waste provides the necessary moisture for the compost … Natural compost activators. Photo credit: Shutterstock / Singkham
Natural compost activators
Do not use chemical compost activators sold in supermarkets as it would be counterproductive for an organic waste composter. Although organic compost activators now exist, other plants can activate them. Nettle, valerian, yarrow, comfrey or borage can naturally activate your compost. It is enough to macerate nettles in water, and then once a month sprinkle the compost with the obtained liquid.
Finally, preferably choose a compost with a lid or cover it in winter. This keeps the temperature correct and necessary for fermentation in winter.