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 Post subject: Molasses in the compost pile
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 5:21 pm 
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I have read about adding dry molasses to a compost pile to increase microbial activity. Can regular cooking molasses (syrupy form) like the kind bought at the store be used also?


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 Post subject: Re: Molasses in the compost pile
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:59 am 
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Yes! Any kind of sugary carbohydrate source will increase micobial growth in the compost pile, compost tea, or the topsoil.

However molasses products offers more nutrients, plus a wider range of beneficial bacterial, fungal, and algae growth.

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 Post subject: Re: Molasses in the compost pile
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:32 pm 
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Thanks for the reply. How would I apply regular cooking molasses to my compost pile?


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 Post subject: Re: Molasses in the compost pile
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:58 am 
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An ounce or more of liquid molasses per 27 cubic feet (3'x3'x3') of compost is plenty per couple of weeks.

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 Post subject: Re: Molasses in the compost pile
PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:38 am 
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I have to ask the question, "Why do you want to buy brand new stuff and throw it away?" Compost piles are not supposed to be made from brand new stuff. They are made from farm and garden waste.

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 Post subject: Re: Molasses in the compost pile
PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:23 am 
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Good point. I am relatively new at this and was having trouble with the pile heating up. It is now doing fine (with no molasses added) and is in the 140 degree range.


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 Post subject: Re: Molasses in the compost pile
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:28 pm 
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I think a hot pile is overrated. I have not had a hot pile in years. If I want one, I go get some fresh horse dung and plop it in.

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