Mix a Compost Activator into your Pile

allorganic By allorganic, 8th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3skpnyvv/
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Read about what a compost activator is and how it can be useful in composting.

What is a Compost Activator

Compost activator consists of microorganisms that help speed up the decomposition process once applied and mixed with the compost substrates. Commercial brands may either be mixtures of different groups of bacteria or mixtures of bacteria and fungi. Both are effective activators. Applying these is considered an important tip in composting.

How it works


Microbes in the pile needs ample amount of nitrogen in their activity of decomposing the materials or substrates. Oftentimes, there is low nitrogen present that is why composting is slow. Microorganisms present in the compost activator help fix this problem by producing added nitrogen in the pile. Thus, their presence increases the rate of decomposition.

Inclusion in your Pile


The amount of compost activator to be used depends on the recommended levels of the manufacturer where you obtain it. The are a number of activators available commercially.

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Compost, Compost Activator

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