Ringer® Compost Plus Compost Starter
Want to convert your yard debris into free compost for your garden? Safer® Brand makes it simple with our Ringer® Compost Plus Compost Starter. With one bag, you can convert an amazing 750 lbs of yard debris into nutrient-rich compost.
Start composting and use compost to fertilize flowers or a vegetable garden. Learn how to compost and watch your garden grow with healthy vegetables and gorgeous blooming flowers. Our compost starter contains a blend of microorganisms specially designed to start the process quickly and efficiently.
Stop paying money for compost; create your own nutrient-rich soil with Ringer® Compost Plus Compost Starter today.
Composting yard waste breaks down the plant tissue to simple, basic nutrients into material that plants can use to fuel their growth. Yards and gardens can receive the benefits of rich, moist humus when worked into the soil in the Spring or Fall ... or anytime during the growing season. Knowing how to compost can save you a lot of money on nutrient purchases while producing a vibrant garden with healthy plants.
Ringer® Compost Plus Compost Maker uses a range of natural microorganisms to maximize compost production. These microorganisms are designed and selected based on their ability to decompose plant material and produce helpful nutrients. In particular, they combine thermophilic organisms that work at higher temperatures. Ringer® Compost Plus also contains specially designed nutrient sources that start the compost process more quickly and efficiently.
Directions for Use and how to compost:
- Select a shady spot with good drainage. Place a thin layer of bulky material such as twigs or wood chips on the bottom to reduce packing and to aerate the bottom layer. Start your compost pile with a layer of yard waste (shredded brown leaves, grass clippings, chipped wood trimmings, etc.) 4-6 inches deep.
- Sprinkle Compost Plus liberally over the top of the pile. Use about 1 cup for a 3 x 4ft x 4 inch layer. Do not pack materials too tightly or make pile too large.
- Water to moisten (water until pile has the dampness of a squeezed out sponge
- Repeat steps 1-3 with each additional layer. For best results use a combination of fine and coarse materials and do not use meat, fat or bones in your compost pile.
- Every 7 to 10 days, aerate pile with an aeration tool or turn with forked tool or spade
- Grass clippings will compost the fastest, leaves are slower and twigs, woodchips, etc. will take the longest. That is all it takes to learn how to compost. If you would like more information about composting, please visit our 'How to Compost' article.
How to use your Humus:
- Humus enhances the supply and availability of all nutrients to the soil.
- Improve garden soil by applying a 3 inch layer of humus and turn it into the soil before planting.
- Your finished humus makes a great mulch over a bulb garden.
- Add to a new lawn- blend compost into the soil prior to seeding or sodding.
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Ringer® Compost Plus Compost Starter - Specifications
- Contains a blend of microorganisms with specially designed nutrient sources that start the compost process quickly and efficiently
- Specially formulated to compost lawn clippings, brown leaves, wood chips, pine cones and twigs
- 2 lb bag
- Quickly reduces waste into rich, moist humus in 60 to 90 days
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All About Composting
What is Composting?
Compost is one of nature's best mulches and soil amendments, and when combined with a pre-emergent weed prevention product such as Concern® Weed Prevention Plus® or a helpful fertilizer such as Ringer® Lawn Restore, microorganisms break down organic matter into nutrients used by your plants to grow stronger!
Using compost improves soil structure, texture and aeration as well as increasing the amount of moisture the soil retains, allowing you to water less often.
Compost can also clean and repair contaminated soil, including soils that have been destroyed by harmful synthetic chemicals.
How to Compost
There are two ways to make compost, actively or passively:
- Active composting is highly-involved. The more time you invest, ultimately the more fertilizer it will yield. Being active in the process involves occasional turning of the pile, shredding of the waste material (heats up and decomposes quicker).
- Passive composting is just as it sounds. You place your waste in your compost bin and leave it alone, only adding to the pile. Eventually (usually in a year or two) you have your finished product with minimal interaction.
For the Active Composter
- Location: First, seek out a level, well-drained area. In wet and cooler regions, you will want to store your compost pile in a sunny spot. This will allow you to trap in solar heat (for during the colder months of the year). In warmer, drier areas, store your compost pile in a shaded spot so the pile does not dry out too quickly.
- Get Help: Build your pile over soil or lawn to take advantage of the earthworms, beneficial microbes and other decomposing organisms.
- Moisten: The key to good compost is moisture. Placing your compost pile on uncovered soil makes for better drainage, leaving moisture behind. A good rule of thumb is to leave your compost as damp as a wrung-out sponge.
- Spinning bin: A turning or tumbling unit is typically used for active composters and consists of a series of bins used for building and turning active compost piles. A turning unit allows wastes to be conveniently mixed for aeration on a regular basis, speeding up the overall decomposition process.
- Air the Compost: You will want to keep your compost pile properly aerated as the organisms that will assist in the decomposition process need air to breathe in order to survive. Using a product such as Ringer® Compost Plus Compost Starter will provide you with the proper microorganisms necessary to break down organic matter into nutrient rich compost for your plants.
- Temperature: Decomposition occurs most rapidly between 104-131 degrees Fahrenheit. Conventional thinking is that one should leave the pile alone when in this temperature range. Aerating and turning should only occur when the temperature slips below 104 degrees. Should you choose to go the active composting route, you can purchase a compost thermometer that will help you gauge the ‘peak’ times of your pile.
For the Passive Composter
- Container: Wastes can be held in simple holding units, where it will sit for slow decomposition. These are simple units that contain the waste until the end of the decomposition process. This is the easiest way to compost and requires minimal involvement. Easing the process also involves using a product such as Ringer® Compost Plus Compost Starter which provides you with essential microorganisms which break down organic matter to feed your plants essential nutrients.
Final Compost Results
- Best Materials: Yard wastes can be composted either in simple holding units, where they will sit undisturbed for slow decomposition, or in tumbling compost bins, which produce finished compost as quickly as just a few weeks with a good mix of materials. Non-wood materials such as grass clippings, crop wastes, garden weeds and leaves work best in a simple holding unit.
- Is it Ready? The finished compost is dark brown, crumbly and earthy-smelling. Be sure that your finished product is completely decomposed and thus, is ready for use. If you notice small pieces or leaves in the pile, these are partially decomposed remnants and should be used as a mulch. Do not use them as fertilizer as it will deprive your plants of nitrogen. Nitrogen is essential to the growth of plants nearby. A smart move would be to sort out those items not yet decomposed and leave them for the next batch of compost.
- How to Use? Finished compost may be spread on the soil or dug in. The compost will help your garden soil hold air and water, drain more efficiently, contain a nutrient reserve, encourage a larger population of beneficial soil microorganisms and bring about healthy plant growth.
FAQs About Starting an Organic Garden
Q: We want to start a garden in an area of our backyard. How should we get ready for it?
A: One of the best ways to prevent insect problems in your soil is to till the soil. When you till it, insect grubs and larvae will be brought to the surface where they likely will end up dying. More»
Q: I want an organic garden, so I don’t want to use harmful chemicals. Will the organic products work as well as the chemical pesticides?
A: Yes, they will be even better for the environment and for your insect control needs. Organic control methods target the specific insect pest, usually without harming the beneficial insects you want in your garden to help with insect pest control. More»
Q: I would like to start composting. How do I choose a spot for it?
A: You will need to seek out a level, well-drained area. In wet and cooler regions you will want to store your compost pile in a sunny spot so as to trap in solar heat (for during the colder months of the year). In warmer, drier areas store your compost pile in a shadier spot so the pile does not dry out too quickly. Build your pile over soil or lawn to take advantage of the earthworms, beneficial microbes, and other decomposing organisms. You may want to start with a good compost starter. More»
Q: If I use a floating row cover, how will bees and other pollinating insects reach the plants?
A: They won’t be able to so you will need to pollinate them yourself by hand. Check with your local garden center or farm supply store to find out how to hand pollinate them. You may want to remove the row covers during times of insect pollination.