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I have been using Garotta to help break down my compost up until now. I am wondering if it will still help the process in winter - our climate is very cold in the NE of Scotland.



  • It will still help John.  The composting process is exactly the same in Winter but just proceeds more slowly.  Anything which provides a bit extra Nitrogen will help accelerate composting.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,425

    It will slow down in winter anyway. I use  neat urine. It costs nothing and works just as well.

  • John17John17 Posts: 19

    Thanks guys!

  • Are you taking the P fidgit?

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    I pee on my compost bin too. Wife wont for some reason!

  • Too much info Dave!

  • I always put as many nettles as I can get on my compost. Nettles are rich in nitrogen, and act as a great (free)accelerator.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,425

    No expert. Urine is sterile when it leaves the body, and is a good source of nitrogen which acts as an activator for the bacteria and fungi that are needed to decompose plant material and make compost. It is also known as universal household activator, or in doves case, recycled beer and cider. It's a lot cheaper than garotta. Bob Flowerdew recommends it all the time. You can also use fresh grass cuttings, mixed in with chunky woodier stuff.

  • Might just be a step too far for me fidget. Don't use an accelorator on the compost. Lots of turning and add some FYM as i can get hold of a bit of it, got two car trailor loads this year hope to get more in spring. Compost bin seems to be working well, some ready to put un Rhubarb later in the month.


  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Perhaps I can train my cats to climb in the compost bins to wee.

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