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Jean Soarin
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Hi! 

In a two-year-old post, I learned about Quick Result Composting, a method developed by Maye Bruce in the 30's and 40's.  I've read part of her book, which appears here:

http://journeytoforever.org/farm_library/QR/QRToC.html

I was intrigued, and started searching for the special activator.  I found some on the net and was about to order, but then I wondered if this might be too good to be true.  So I thought I'd reopen this topic for discussion to see if anyone has since tried this method. 

By the way, if anyone is interested, I found a Canadian distributor https://www.richters.com/Web_store/web_store.cgi?searchterm=t1300&search_catalogue_button=Go and an American one http://www.biconet.com/compost/QRInoculant.html. ;
 
Kyle Neath
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Color me extremely dubious that any addition to a compost heap would dramatically reduce the time needed to fully compost. C:N ratio, heat, and air flow always seemed like the only ways to effectively reduce composting time.

But something I have been dying to experiment with is ASP composting. The idea with ASP is that you make your pile on top of perforated pipes and suck/blow air through the pipes. This makes a lot of sense to me. It's kind of like the upsides of turning your pile (increasing airflow) without the downsides (effort, redistributing heat & moisture). I've talked to a few people who swear by it and say they get completed compost in a fraction of the time. That being said, I'm not a huge fan of the energy needed to push that air. But I suspect with some experimentation, something similar with a lower energy footprint could be possible.
 
Jean Soarin
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Kyle, that sounds interesting, but just too complicated for me, even if it were possible to do with a low energy footprint.
 
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