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My compost heap is underperforming lately, and I want to add a starter/booster.

Anyone have a suggestion/favorite?

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Could just be the outside temperature, you need at least a constant 60F for it to work.

HeathenFarmer Level 8 Feb 17, 2019

Add water

Ladydiana Level 6 Feb 15, 2019

Fresh grass mowings in a bunch mixed in the center work well, if you don't have them at this time, then urine. I see several others have said that already, but I will add that it is best watered in the center with three/four times as much water, so do it in a bucket first.

Fernapple Level 8 Feb 15, 2019

Worms .

Cast1es Level 8 Feb 14, 2019

Keep it warm and insulated.

ADKSparky Level 7 Feb 14, 2019

Coffee grounds and raw egg shells used to work for me. And turn it daily

Livinlife Level 9 Feb 14, 2019

Pee in it. Urine is a quick way to heat up you compost

Donto101 Level 7 Feb 14, 2019

Fresh Pee is pretty much sterile. I even make organic miracle grow out of my urine

@Donto101 I believe you, but it's not as easy for me as it is you! I'll try collecting it first, lol

@FlippantLlama lol they make funnels.


@Donto101 ???


My late former father in law was a chemical engineer, he would save his urine and pour it on the compost heap. I asked him why he didn't just skip the measuring cup and go out to the heap, and he said, "neighbors." Apparently he would do it after dark, the measuring cup held the daylight hours output. TMI? smile009.gif

HippieChick58 Level 9 Feb 14, 2019

You beat me to it

LOL....I was going to concur (about the urine help) but hesitated...until now!


Mine is frozen solid, only suggestion I have is wait till springsmile009.gif


Coffee grounds are my go-to favorite....and if you ask your local coffee shop they'll save bags of left over grounds for you! I think Starbucks does this nation wide...but you'll have to just ask...

Robecology Level 8 Feb 14, 2019

I agree with the chicken manure suggestion.

MissKathleen Level 9 Feb 14, 2019

The hottest matterial would be chicken manure. Aside from mammal waste, seaweed extracts are probably next. If you want o use chemicals, get something high in nitrogen.

Wangobango3 Level 8 Feb 14, 2019

That's good to know. I've been trying to be more consistent about saving my coffe grounds and putting them in.

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