Maikeru: does one need activators for Compost Tumblers? If you turn it daily, compost is supposed to be done within 4 wks. Was wondering if activators would make it go even faster, or if they are only needed with sedentary compost piles. TIA.
Thank you all for the great info. It helped tremendously!
My C:N ratio wasn't to far off when I started my compost yesterday morning before I posted the above questions. . I get lucky like that sometimes! I just had to add a bit more carbon. Though when I added more and turned it today I noticed a good amount of bug life on the bottom. I would assume that IS a good sign, right? The bug life that I noticed was a good amount of roly polies, an equal amount of earwigs, a small amount of centipedes and some spiders that scurried off before I could make out what they were.
And, should I add the activators immediately, or let the compost sit for a few days first? It would be nice to just relieve myself closer to my gardens while I'm working . Speaking of urine, should it be diluted or "aged" before adding? Or is direct application alright?
Thanks you all again,
Sorry if the urine talk did gross anyone out!
Since the urine (and other activators) is nitrogen, does that mean I would have to add more carbon to the compost? Or would I exclude activators from the C:N ratio?