Hi there I am from UK - I have had my compost bin for about 9 months ,
as it is still quite cold here my compost isnt going down- I have tried
commercial accelerants (Garotta) but it hasnt really made any
diffrence, any ideas please? ]\
I looked it up on google and one suggestion was human urine!is this
Can you describe what you're putting into the compost on a regular basis?
Here (upstate NY), the temp hasn't been more than ten degrees over freezing
(except for a few days in the range of 50), and the compost bin that was
full in early November is now reduced by half.
9 months is not very long to wait. I let mine decompose for 2 years
before i consider using it. Be patient and it will eventually
decompose. If you keep adding fresh materials, this will inhibit
decomosition. If you have room start another pile while the first is
decomposing. Turning your pile over from top to bottom is perhaps
what most people do to speed things up. You could use a pitchfork. A
lot of composters have side-by-side bins to accomodate these things.
Your ingredients are lacking in nitrogen which greatly speeds the rate
of decomposition. Sources of nitrogen include animal manures and lawn
clippings. A high nitrogen fertilizer will also work.
some people are absolutely particular what they put in their compost.
Others, like me, chuck almost anything in (although not bones or cheese as
the dogs and cats get those and some types of weeds as these go in the
rubbish bin) and leave it long enough to break down. I add continuously to
my compost rather than doing it in batches. I leave it for at least a year
and the bastard reduces in size nicely.
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