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Speed up composting: What helps you do it? Tips and tricks on how to quickly decompose compost.

Compost is a valuable asset to any garden , but an unbalanced and unkempt compost pile is like a stew simmering on low heat. It takes a long time to finish, and even if you’re patient, the consistency will still be pretty lumpy. If you’re running out of time, and can’t wait more than a few months for good compost, get ahead of the composting game. We’ll explain how to speed up composting below.

How can you speed up composting?

How to speed up composting

While you can slowly make compost by throwing garden and kitchen scraps into a pile, and let nature take its course. But it can take a year or more to fully decompose. Even worse, compost that stays too cool will preserve live weed seeds, insect eggs, diseases and other pests you don’t want in your garden. That’s why you might want to speed up the composting process.

Make a bigger pile

Worms help as compost accelerators

Converting your organic waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for your plants is done through heat. If you want to speed up the composting process, make sure your pile is big enough. The larger the pile, the faster it will heat up because the surface area is larger. Another benefit of a larger pile is that it retains moisture better.

Speed up composting with the right ratio of materials.

Speed up composting - organically, with home remedies

A high ratio of brown carbon material to green nitrogen material is recommended for fast composting. If you find that your compost is not decomposing as quickly as you would like, add more brown carbon material, such as shredded brown cardboard, hay and shredded sticks.

Shred everything so you can move the process along

Decompose compost faster - chop it all up

As you increase the amount of brown carbon material in your composter, be sure to shred everything. Smaller materials decompose faster than larger ones, and when you shred everything, you create air pockets in the compost pile that speed up aeration and the composting process.

Turn your pile over and aerate it

Great port to push composting forward

As mentioned earlier, aerating the pile helps speed up decomposition. Not only can you rely on the natural materials to create air pockets, but you can also turn your pile periodically to ensure even decomposition and aerate it at the same time. Fresh oxygen greatly speeds up composting, regulates temperature and brings out aerobic microbes.

Speed up composting: Keep your pile moist!

Keep compost moist

Another important factor in speeding up composting is moisture content. Your compost should be moist, like a damp sponge, but not squishy. If you feel your mix is a little dry, add a little water to achieve the proper moisture level.

Make a pile to speed up composting

Good tip: Compost can be sprinkled with lime. Algal or dolomitic lime (or limestone powder) are good for accelerating the compost.

Do not forget worms

Rot compost faster - with worms

Adding worms to your pile will make compost decompose faster because the worms eat the food scraps, decomposing them faster. You can add redworms or earthworms if you like. As long as your compost pile is in contact with the soil (i.e., not in a container with soil), many microorganisms, worms and other beneficial insects will be naturally attracted to the buffet you provide.

A few tips to speed up composting

However, if you are concerned about the presence of microorganisms in a newly created compost pile, a simple solution is to add a layer of garden soil from your yard (not soil from the store) to your compost pile. Along with the soil, this will add a lot of naturally occurring microorganisms. You can also try an organic compost accelerator to add microbes directly to your pile. However, this is usually more helpful when used in closed compost bins where the compost is not in contact with the soil.

Speed up composting: Bokashi bucket as a tip

Good idea for composting indoors - bokashi buckets

A bokashi bin is a small compost bucket that turns your food waste into nutrient-rich compost and soil conditioner. It is small enough to fit in your kitchen or other convenient location in your home. It is odorless and does not attract insects. Even more, it is easy to use and helps you reduce the amount of food waste that goes into landfills.

Bokashi is a natural composting process that uses beneficial bacteria called “effective microorganisms” to ferment food waste and does not create unpleasant odors associated with food decay. The Bokashi bacteria are added to your garbage can either in a grain mixture, or as a liquid fertilizer. Organic material breaks down up to 10 times faster than traditional pile composting.

Accelerate composting in a natural way

Here’s how, if you speed up composting, you get fermented, nutrient-rich organic matter. These must be buried in the soil to complete the decomposition into compost. The juice you get from this process is rich in microorganisms, and can be used as a liquid fertilizer.

Speed up composting with home remedies

Speed up composting with home remedies - yeast and sugar

When talking about “decomposing compost quickly”, we can also tell you the following. Aids to accelerate compost you can make yourself at home: from yeast, sugar and water.

What you need:

  • cubes of fresh yeast (2 packets of dry yeast)
  • about 1 kg of sugar
  • 10 l water (chlorine-free)

Mix your compost accelerator and let it stand for two hours. It can be spread on the compost material with a watering can in good weather.