How to speed up your compost

If you want your compost to break down faster, there are a few tricks you can try to make this happen.

  1. Chop the scraps into smaller pieces:

It’s no surprise that smaller pieces of waste will decompose faster. You can chop your food scraps and shred the leaves and other dry waste before adding them to the compost.

2. Keep your compost moist:

Microorganisms need moisture to break down organic matter. If your compost is too dry, it will take too long to decompose. So, make sure you add enough wet waste to keep it moist. However, don’t let it get soggy.

3. Add a compost accelerator:

You can add buttermilk or cowdung slurry to your compost. This will work as a compost accelerator and speed up the process. Adding compost microbes can also do wonders to quicken the process.

4. Turn your compost:

Turning your compost will ensure more oxygen supply which will speed up the process of aerobic composting.

5. Add a handful of finished compost:

Adding a handful of finished compost from your previous batch can help accelerate the process of decomposition. If you do not have finished compost, you can buy it here.

Try out these tips and let us know how it turns out! If you have any tips of your own that will speed up the process of composting, we’d love to hear them too! Let us know in the comments.

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    Compost piles that are about 1 cubic yard (3 ft square by 3 ft high) get hotter quicker. (Up to 140 degrees F!) Heat is a by-product of rapid microbial action and a sure sign that the microbes are working at top speed to break down the materials. Smaller piles and larger piles don’t heat up as quickly. Microbes need oxygen to do their work. Turning the materials in your pile once a week will add the needed air. If you can’t or don’t want to turn the pile, try aerating it by poking around in the pile with a pitchfork.

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