Compost Activator

If you, like a lot of the world, are interested in preserving the environment and going green, you might consider trying your hand at composting. Compost piles have a lot of advantages, but they can take months before yielding a useable product. With the help of a compost activator, you will able to yield results in a lot less time.

How compost activators work

A compost pile is the remains of the decayed plants and vegetables leftover from last years garden. Dead leaves from the yard or house plants, remains of fruit and vegetables, eggs shells and paper towels can also be composted.

Certain fruits and plants, due to their composition, are a source of nitrogen for bacteria to feed from, thus speeding up the process. Bacteria will heat up during this process, which increases the heat of the compost pile. If you want a healthy compost pile, heat, oxygen, and nitrogen are essential. Monitor the pile closely and turn it every two or three weeks.

TIP: Karen Thurber, our gardening expert, notes that: "Compost piles work best with a mixture of brown material (like dry leaves) and green material (like grass clippings and manure)."

Household compost activators

The following items can be used as compost activators:

• Fruit and vegetable peelings
• Used coffee grounds and tea leaves
• Leaves and grass clippings
• Leftover cooked fruits and vegetables
• Spoiled fruit and vegetables

TIP: Karen also points out: "Compost activators are commercially available. Commercial activators usually contain some sort of nitrogen in the form of: manure, blood meal, bone meal, fish meal or alfalfa meal."