Bobberman wrote:When cement is made there is a chemical reaction! Plaster paris gives off heat when water is added! It takes heat to make a compost work better so is there a chemical and a bacterial reaction happening or can we make it happen? ...
It's the "respiration" of the microorganisms
that makes the heat in a compost pile. In my opinion, I think there are too many variables, and too much effort involved, in trying to consistently
use "working" compost as a "heat mat" for seed starting.
You may certainly prove me wrong, but it seems like too much effort to me.
I start all of my transplants in the house, and have not found the need for supplemental heat ... and I keep my home thermostat set pretty low.
One of those plastic or metal storage shelf units that you can pick up at any hardware store, has a small "footprint" (takes up very little floor space) but gives you lots of room for starting seeds and growing transplants.
I am making an assumption here, but (to everyone) I say, get that stuff out of your cold garages, basements, and greenhouses... and use the heat that you're already paying for in your house