Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Homemade Compost Activator Toplef10Homemade Compost Activator 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

Homemade Compost Activator I22gcj10Homemade Compost Activator 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]

Join the forum, it's quick and easy

Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Homemade Compost Activator Toplef10Homemade Compost Activator 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

Homemade Compost Activator I22gcj10Homemade Compost Activator 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]
Square Foot Gardening Forum
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Creating a Grid for Plastic Box
by Cmonster90 Today at 9:02 pm

» Hello from Central Maine-zone 4b/5
by OhioGardener Today at 8:47 pm

» N&C Midwest: July 2021
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:33 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by markqz Today at 6:22 pm

» What Have You Picked From Your Garden Today
by OhioGardener Yesterday at 5:01 pm

» Cucumbers
by yolos 7/23/2021, 8:38 pm

» Name that plant - the game
by Scorpio Rising 7/23/2021, 4:14 am

» JAM23 SFG in Illinois
by sanderson 7/22/2021, 7:44 pm

» Anyone grow okra?
by sanderson 7/22/2021, 7:38 pm

» New SGFer with nutrient deficient soil
by Hmgentry 7/22/2021, 2:22 pm

» Greetings from Bangalore
by OhioGardener 7/22/2021, 2:17 pm

» Potato growing
by MrBooker 7/22/2021, 8:51 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson 7/22/2021, 5:53 am

» Square Foot Gardening Official YouTube channel
by SFGHQSTAFF 7/21/2021, 1:53 am

» OhioGardener SFG
by OhioGardener 7/20/2021, 2:33 pm

» Kyoto Red Carrot
by OhioGardener 7/20/2021, 1:04 pm

» Slug Control with Nematodes
by OhioGardener 7/19/2021, 11:32 pm

» Famous Gardening Quotes
by OhioGardener 7/19/2021, 1:26 pm

» Compost fire?
by OhioGardener 7/17/2021, 7:52 pm

» Organic Home Growing Library
by OhioGardener 7/17/2021, 2:45 pm

» thank you for all your help last year bkrieb
by bkrieb 7/17/2021, 5:12 am

» Message from Sanderson
by Scorpio Rising 7/15/2021, 12:10 pm

» Good bug or bad bug on potato
by Scorpio Rising 7/14/2021, 9:12 pm

» Friday Rookie Topic: Carrots
by OhioGardener 7/14/2021, 4:06 pm

» Spoon Tomato
by sanderson 7/14/2021, 3:59 pm

» Raising garlic
by Missed-Em 7/14/2021, 3:23 pm

» Fishtell - 2021 SFG
by Fishtell 7/13/2021, 5:59 pm

» Walking stick kale
by Yardslave 7/12/2021, 2:37 pm

» Starbucks for coffee grounds!
by yolos 7/10/2021, 2:39 am

» Help, I killed my beans
by Yardslave 7/9/2021, 10:54 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Homemade Compost Activator

Go down

Homemade Compost Activator Empty Homemade Compost Activator

Post  Cincinnati 6/29/2011, 12:59 am

When I purchased my compost tumbler, I received a box of activator. It sells for about $15/box and gives me about 4 wheelbarrows full per box. The last batch quit cooking and I had to add more to get it started again. I have been getting wonderful looking compost, but it is costing me almost as much if not more than bagged compost because of the cost of activator.

I read recently to dump a beer over the raw ingredients. I also read about bone meal or blood meal. I haven't tried any of these.

Is there a good homemade activator/accelerant to get the next batch cooking? Am I being too cheap?, AND the cost of activator worth it for faster compost?
avatar
Cincinnati

Posts : 182
Join date : 2011-06-27
Location : Alabama Gulf Coast

Back to top Go down

Homemade Compost Activator Empty Re: Homemade Compost Activator

Post  boffer 6/29/2011, 1:17 am

@Cincinnati wrote:...I read recently to dump a beer over the raw ingredients....Is there a good homemade activator/accelerant to get the next batch cooking? Am I being too cheap?, AND the cost of activator worth it for faster compost?

LOL I have gotten negative feedback from other forum members for consistently advocating this method, but it has decades of positive results: don't dump good beer on your compost pile, oh no, drink it first, and then pee on your compost pile. Have a kegger and invite your gentlemen guests to by-pass the powder room in favor of your compost pile.

Seriously. Human urine is a compost catalyst. So is green grass, blood meal, rabbit pellets, and alfalfa meal.

Sorry, I really can't speak to making compost quickly. Cut grass is 20% of my compost, but it's ready when it's ready.
boffer
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 68
Location : yelm, wa, usa

http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Homemade Compost Activator Empty Re: Homemade Compost Activator

Post  busygirl 6/29/2011, 1:46 am

busygirl
busygirl

Female Posts : 88
Join date : 2011-05-30
Location : Southeastern Ohio

Back to top Go down

Homemade Compost Activator Empty Re: Homemade Compost Activator

Post  camprn 6/29/2011, 1:48 am

@boffer wrote:
@Cincinnati wrote:...I read recently to dump a beer over the raw ingredients....Is there a good homemade activator/accelerant to get the next batch cooking? Am I being too cheap?, AND the cost of activator worth it for faster compost?

LOL I have gotten negative feedback from other forum members for consistently advocating this method, but it has decades of positive results: don't dump good beer on your compost pile, oh no, drink it first, and then pee on your compost pile. Have a kegger and invite your gentlemen guests to by-pass the powder room in favor of your compost pile.

Seriously. Human urine is a compost catalyst. So is green grass, blood meal, rabbit pellets, and alfalfa meal.

Sorry, I really can't speak to making compost quickly. Cut grass is 20% of my compost, but it's ready when it's ready.
+1 also see this thread from last year Speeding up my compost
camprn
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14169
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 58
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Homemade Compost Activator Empty Re: Homemade Compost Activator

Post  boffer 6/29/2011, 1:56 am

@camprn wrote: also see this thread from last year Speeding up my compost

I had forgotten about that thread. Why do 'peeing on the compost' and 'seriously' always go together? ROFL

@camprn wrote:Time to pee on the compost pile.
boffer
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 68
Location : yelm, wa, usa

http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Homemade Compost Activator Empty Re: Homemade Compost Activator

Post  littlejo 6/29/2011, 1:59 am

I will agree that 'boffer' is correct with the urine. Enough said about that!

A good mix of green and brown items should get you a fairly quick compost in a tumbler, but if you are impatient, here is a recipe that I recently used. Mine got very hot, so ya might want to go easy with the ammonia!

1 cup ammonia, from the grocery store.
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup liquid soap
2 gal. water

mix all up, and add sparingly to the composter. It will heat up within a couple of hrs.
mine was some good looking compost, finished in 2 weeks. But, I've got it set aside, curing.
Jo
littlejo
littlejo

Female Posts : 1575
Join date : 2011-05-04
Age : 67
Location : Cottageville SC 8b

Back to top Go down

Homemade Compost Activator Empty Re: Homemade Compost Activator

Post  BackyardBirdGardner 6/29/2011, 3:53 am

My 6 year old activated the compost today....lol. I looked out the window and ran out to ask him what he was doing. He told me he didn't want to come inside. So, two things genetically passed right down to him from me...

Laziness and multi-tasking.
BackyardBirdGardner
BackyardBirdGardner

Male Posts : 2727
Join date : 2010-12-26
Age : 47
Location : St. Louis, MO

Back to top Go down

Homemade Compost Activator Empty Re: Homemade Compost Activator

Post  Mamachibi 6/29/2011, 12:51 pm

Another compost activator is kombucha "mothers." If you happen to make homemade kombucha, you can take your used "shroom" and either just toss it into the pile or stick it in the blender with some water and mix it up. GREAT bacteria in that stuff!
Mamachibi
Mamachibi

Posts : 300
Join date : 2011-06-17
Location : Zone 6b

Back to top Go down

Homemade Compost Activator Empty Re: Homemade Compost Activator

Post  Glendale-gardener 6/29/2011, 3:21 pm

@BackyardBirdGardner wrote:

Laziness and multi-tasking.

Homemade Compost Activator 523562 fantastic!
Glendale-gardener
Glendale-gardener

Female Posts : 293
Join date : 2011-03-11
Age : 45
Location : Cincinnati Zone 6A

Back to top Go down

Homemade Compost Activator Empty Re: Homemade Compost Activator

Post  pattipan 6/29/2011, 3:44 pm

These common plants are good natural compost activators...

Yarrow:
Homemade Compost Activator Yarrow


Comfrey:
Homemade Compost Activator Comfrey


Dandelions:
Homemade Compost Activator Dandelions


pattipan
pattipan
pattipan

Female Posts : 808
Join date : 2010-03-04
Location : WV -- Zone 6a

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/gallery/personal160.htm

Back to top Go down

Homemade Compost Activator Empty Re: Homemade Compost Activator

Post  TN_GARDENER 7/12/2011, 12:30 am

I too am one of those weirdos that adds filtered beer to his compost pile. Give me some credit...I wait until after dark Very Happy

I've also heard that adding some existing compost will help (shovel full of dirt will probably also work).
avatar
TN_GARDENER

Posts : 228
Join date : 2011-06-16
Location : TN

Back to top Go down

Homemade Compost Activator Empty Re: Homemade Compost Activator

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum