Safer Brand Ringer Compost Plus – 2 lb Bag of Compost Maker Pellets Ringer Compost Plus from Safer® Brand will boost the compost making process. Each 2 lb bag of pellets contains nutrients and microbial elements to help fuel the development of rich, moist humus from a variety of elements, including lawn clippings, twigs and brown leaves. The end result is a fertilizer and mulch to enhance your garden.Best used for:Boosting compost creationCreating mulchCreating fertilizerFueling plant growthIncreasing microbe levelsFuel for your garden By encouraging the growth of beneficial microbes and nutrient development, Ringer Compost Plus breaks down your yard clippings and other items into useable mulch and fertilizer, which will power the growth cycles of your garden plants.What is Compost? Compost is simply plant matter that’s broken down into its nutritional components, thereby creating a valuable resource for the next generation of garden vegetation. Compost Plus fuels the process, creating compost in 60 to 90 days.Ringer Compost Plus Instructions To develop compost on your own, whether in a composting bin or in compost pile in your yard, use Ringer Compost Plus from Safer® Brand to complete the process in 60 to 90 days.Safer® Brand Ringer Compost Plus Product Details Interested in learning more about this compost maker? Take a closer look at it's in-depth specifications for this product. Complete Product Details »
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Safer® Brand Ringer Compost Plus Model # 3050-6 Size 2 lb bag Presentation Pellets Active Ingredients Plant nutrients plus a targeted microbial blend For Use With
- Lawn clippings
- Leaves (brown)
- Pine cones
- Wood chips
- Other plant matter
- 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 to 6 inches deep.
- Sprinkle Compost Plus liberally over top of pile. Use about one cup for a 3 foot by 4 foot by 4 inch layer.
- Water to moisten. (Water until pile has the dampness of a squeezed out sponge)
- Repeat steps 1 to 3 with each additional layer.
- 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, wood chips etc. will take the longest.
- Compost will be ready in 60 - 90 days
- Do not use paper, meat, fat or bones
- For best results, use a combination of fine and coarse materials
- Do not pack materials too tightly
- Do not create too large a pile
- See full instructions if pile is too dry, too wet, frozen or not actively composting
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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.