I have began building one of my compost piles the other day from my lawn clippings. Of course, I have a proper ratio of nitrogen to carbon for quick composting, however, I did want to try this new compost starter that my mother showed to me at one of our favorite gardening stores. It is calledDr. Earth Compost Starter and costs around $12 dollars. The gardening store I visit will sell only organically safe products and they often try out what they sell. Another reason why I decided to give this a try is the simple fact that it is supposed to be human & pet safe instead of the chemical starters that are more than readily available. From what I can tell, it is microbe-saturated sawdust. And so far, just after four days, it is already steaming a plenty which pleases me to no end. Now for me, it has only sped up my compost by a matter of a week or two depending on the weather here. Although probably not a big bump for some folks, it is a big bump for me since I use a lot of compost around my rather large yard. I will report back good news or bad news about the product as I work with it a bit more.