4 Reasons to use KENKASHI as a Compost Accelerator
At the simplest level, composting requires making a heap of wet organic matter (also called green waste), such as leaves, grass, and food scraps, and waiting for the materials to break down into humus after a period of months.
However, composting also can take place as a multi-step, closely monitored process with measured inputs of water, air, and carbon- and nitrogen-rich materials. The decomposition process is aided by shredding the plant matter, adding water and ensuring proper aeration by regularly turning the mixture when open piles or “windrows” are used.
Once all of these steps have been taken and the correct ratios have been achieved, the introduction of the microbes can greatly accelerate decomposition. KENKASHI has been specially formulated to add carbon, microbes and fungi into the soil.
KENKASHI is made from the core of the stem of the kenaf plant which have been fermented with beneficial microbes and fortified with mycorrhyzal fungi. This unique formula has several advantages as an additive to any compost pile:
- The kenaf is a valuable carbon source which is very easily consumed by microbes because of it’s fine powdery consistency.
- The microbes in which the kenaf is fermented are a very effective consortium of 30 -35 micro-organisms from 3 families : lacto bacillus, photosynthetic and yeast, which form a dynamic combination which is self-sustaining.
- The honeycomb structure of the kenaf allows for longer retention and slower release of the microbes in the compost pile.
- The addition of fungi to the mix means that the spores of the different fungi are available to the soil as soon as it is applied.