Composting and Composters: A Basic Introduction

 


Article by: Mark Falco

Why Compost?

Recent studies show that an average family throws away approximately 200 pounds of organic , How to Use Garden Ornaments kitchen waste every year. Combine this with all the leaves, grass , Lawn Disease And What To Do About It clippings and other organic garden , Home and Decor waste accumulated over time and that's a lot of household , Home and Garden Decor waste being added to the already mountainous waste disposal problem. Some local , How To Choose a Storage Shed authorities are refusing to take away green , Lawn Diseases Can Be Deadly waste from gardening , Wood Furniture for the Outdoors: Durable, Dependable, and Pleasing to the Eye and others charge for the service in an effort to curb mounting costs and then when you add in the environmental , Read This Article if You Want to Stop Droughts costs of adding new landfill sites, road transport emissions from ferrying all this waste around and potentially incineration and the fumes that releases the environmental , Landscape Gardening advantages of composting are clear.

In slightly more selfish terms, if you are a gardener then you will know the relatively high cost of fertiliser. Well, OK an average gardener's yearly fertiliser expenditure is not going to break the bank but when you can get fertiliser for free out of the stuff you throw away then it starts looking extremely expensive. Composting simply makes good environmental , Choosing a Pond Liner – EPDM liners are the optimal choice and financial sense and it's so easy to do there's nothing stopping you.

What Do I Need To Begin?

A compost , Cordless Blowers bin, box, enclosure or handy place , Growing Organic! Herbs, Flowers and Fruit to put an open compost , Tips for Choosing a Chiminea for Your Backyard or Patio heap. Cheap plastic , Read This Article if You Want to Stop Droughts composters and compost , Landscape Gardening bins can be bought from all good garden , Choosing the Proper Pond Pump centers and are quite inexpensive depending on your requirements. A plastic compost , Watering Your Garden - How to Make Each Drop Count bin is generally the cheapest whilst wood , Improvements in Robotic Lawn Mowers composters are generally more attractive additions to your garden , Five Quick Tips to Get Your Kids ing but a little more costly. An open heap (just create a pile somewhere) is also an option but it is advisable to have some sort of cover like a tarpaulin available for colder periods of weather. , Gardening - The Mulberry

Another slightly different alternative to composting in the traditional sense is vermicomposting or wormeries. These use a special kind of worms to break down kitchen , Rubber Pond Liners scraps producing a fine compost-like material fromtheir casts and a nutrient filled liquid plant , All About Tulip Gardens food which is ideal for feeding indoor , Planning a Vegetable Garden pot plants. , Gardens: They are Fragrant, Breathtaking— the Perfect Idea for More Outdoor Decor If do a lot of greenhouse gardening , Wildflower Seeds - Ten Reasons Why You Should Plant... or have a lot of houseplants , Wood Fences: Installing Wood Fences for the Homeowner then a wormery may be the best choice for the disposal of household , How to Choose a Snow Blower for Your Garden waste.

If you do not want to actually spend money on a composter , Hydroponics in Your Garden then building , How To Plan A Garden your own isn't exactly difficult if you do not mind picking up a hammer and nails. , Southwestern Landscape Art - An Investment? Nail , Floral Garden and Landscape Toupees together a few wooden , 10 Tips to Care for Your Antique Ceramics pallets for example and you've got an enclosure suitable for composting. For plans , Tips for Choosing a Chiminea for Your Backyard or Patio and ideas on how to , Growing African Violets in Natural Light assemble your own composter , Growing Great Potatoes at little cost, simply head to your favourite search engine and type in phrases like "build your own composter" or "compost bin plans" for an endless supply of simple ideas typically costing under $30.

Where To Put Your Compost

Whether you purchase a composting bin or make your own composter , Landscape Gardening you need to make sure you have a flat, , Outdoor Waterfalls well drained place , Swimming Pool Chemicals: Algaecides & Clarifiers in your garden , Read This Article if You Want to Stop Droughts not too far away that you begrudge taking your kitchen , All About Tulip Gardens scraps out to it. Compost , Home and Garden Decor bins should not be placed on concrete, , Improvements in Robotic Lawn Mowers patio , How to Find and Work With a Porch Swing Contractor To Install the Porch Swing of Your Dreams areas etc. as you want to allow the insects, worms and microorganisms which help degradation of your waste materials the freedom to migrate into and out of your compost , Wood Fences: Installing Wood Fences for the Homeowner without hinderance.

In addition, choose a site which suits your climate. , Preserving Dried Flowers- Few Tips for Best Results Warmth and moisture , Landscape Gardening helps the composting process so place , Floral Garden and Landscape Toupees your composter , Tulip Divisions - Garden Tulips and Their Identities in a place , Choosing a Pond Liner – EPDM liners are the optimal choice which receives a fair amount of sunlight and shelter from the wind if you live in a cooler climate , Cordless Blowers and if in a hotter climate, , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 1) Starting Out ensure you give it shade to prevent it drying out.

What Materials Can You Compost?

Pretty much all your organic , Know Your Bird Feeders, Part 1 household and garden , ing - The Mulberry waste is an elligible candidate for composting although there are a few exceptions. Things to particularly avoid are meat, fish, , Growing African Violets in Natural Light bones, fats and oils, dairy products , All About Tulip Gardens like milk and cheese, dog and cat droppings as these can attract animals, create foul smells as they degrade and carry nasty diseases. , Landscape Gardening Also, whilst weeds , Mint: The Herb of Hospitality and plants , Gardening with Garden Decor can be added, it is advised to dry out persisent weeds , Planning a Vegetable Garden and remove seed , Improvements in Robotic Lawn Mowers heads before adding these. Ashes are also best avoided, as are glossy magazines although shredded paper and cardboard are fine to add. Feel free to add waste fruit , How To Plan A Garden and vegetables, , How To Plan A Garden crushed egg shells, coffee grounds (worms love them!) and tea bags, hair, leaves, grass , Hydroponics in Your Garden clippings and other organic , How To Choose a Storage Shed waste. As a general rule, if in doubt, leave it out but most organic , Preserving Dried Flowers- Few Tips for Best Results waste will rot down just fine and if you shred it or cut it up smaller, it will compost , Gardens: They are Fragrant, Breathtaking— the Perfect Idea for More Outdoor Decor faster.

How Long Before It Becomes Compost?

This depends on the balance of materials in your compost , Growing Organic! Herbs, Flowers and Fruit heap, the weather , Growing African Violets in Natural Light and the amount of time you can devote to the project. If you want to take an active managed approach to your composting then you can have afully composted pile in 3 months but if your only desire is to dispose of kitchen , Home and Garden Decor and garden , An Introduction to Bonsai Maple Trees waste in a more 'green' manner then it can take 6 months to a year or longer.

Managed composting can produce a 'hot rot' with very fast results but it does require additional effort on your behalf to keep it going. A managed, hot compost , Garden Swings Create an Enchanted Garden Setting heap with an excellent balance of materials can reach temperatures , How to Choose a Snow Blower for Your Garden of 70 degree celsius but requires regular turning and nurturing with careful layering and balance of browns and greens , Hydroponics in Your Garden in the mix, shredding materials and maintaining a good moisture , Six Good Reasons For Going Organic level.

An unmanaged cool heap is however much easier to maintain and rots down at up to 30 degrees celsius with little input from you. Just throwing your waste on the heap will give you a cooler heap which will rot down more slowly but is fine for green , How to Use Garden Ornaments waste disposal purposes.

There are ways to increase the rate of the composting process in both cases by, for example, adding composting worms, or by using an activator which help speed up the process. The addition of a handful or soil , An Introduction to Bonsai Maple Trees now and then or horse manure will also add micro-organisms to speed up the composting process free of charge.

For The Best Compost. , Preserving Dried Flowers- Few Tips for Best Results ..

...use a wide variety of different materials. The more varied the materials you add to the compost , Gardens: They are Fragrant, Breathtaking— the Perfect Idea for More Outdoor Decor pile, the nutrient rich your final compost , Mint: The Herb of Hospitality will be. Compost , Watering Your Garden - How to Make Each Drop Count made from kitchen , Hydroponics in Your Garden and garden , Rubber Pond Liners waste is the best food , Lawn Diseases Can Be Deadly for your plants , 10 Tips to Care for Your Antique Ceramics and at the same time you are helping the environment , Tulip Divisions - Garden Tulips and Their Identities and saving yourself , Six Good Reasons For Going Organic and your local , An Introduction to Bonsai Maple Trees government money into the bargain.
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