What is meant by compost inoculation?
Monday, 18 April 2011 | HOTBIN Composting
Compost inoculation is adding bacteria to start the population growth.
With the right food and conditions, 1 bacterium could multiply into 8 billion bacteria in 13 hours. Only a small number are needed to start the process, i.e. inoculate the heap. There is usually enough bacteria in the air (as spores), on your waste plant/food going into the heap to start.
You do not need commercial inoculants/powders in the HOTBIN however when setting up your HOTBIN, adding a handful of an old compost pile will give your base layer a good kick-start.