Posted by admin on June 12, 2011
In today’s world, the idea of recycling is becoming less of an option, and more of a necessity. With landfills filling to capacity and the cost of removing and transporting waste going through the roof, having your own compost pile is a great way to reduce your costs while doing your part to minimize the landfill problems.
Learn all that you will need to know to do your part with the burden of waste while keeping up with mandatory recycling requirements.
Table of Contents Includes:
- Recycling: How To Start And Maintain A Compost Pile
- Getting The Most Out Of Your Compost
- Common Uses For Finished Compost
- If Your Compost Pile Won’t Heat Up
- Making Compost: Getting Your Hands Dirty
- Making Your Uwn Compost Bin
- Maintaining A Compost Heap
- Compost Smells: This And Other Composting Myths
- Building Your Own Compost Bin
- To Compost Or Not To Compost
- What Not To Compost
- The Best Food For Your Compost Bin
- When Will Your Compost Be Ready
- Wriggly Friends Help Make Compost
- Store-bought Fertilizer Versus Mature Compost
- Who Should Compost?
- Ongoing Care For Your Compost Pile
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Posted by admin on June 11, 2011
If you are new to garden composting and have little space for a Garden Composter you may be concerned with what impact the garden compost bin will have on the garden. I would recommend new home composters with small gardens to start with a beehive compost bin if possible. It is true that in many gardens the home made compost pile is often a rather untidy affair, and the purchased garden compost bin is often not a beautiful option either, all brown or green plastic. In many situations this is fine, and indeed appropriate. But in smaller gardens particularly, where things cannot be hidden and every garden fixture and fitting has an impact on the whole, it is nice to achieve the garden recycling dream of home composting without detracting from the beauty of the garden. A wooden beehive compost bin will provide you with an effective garden composter while improving the beauty of your outside space.
It makes sense, in a small garden to have a relatively small garden compost bin. But it must still be practical. The compost bin must be large enough for you to take at least three to six months to fill. Then you should leave it alone for three to six months to decompose. During that time you need another compost bin to fill. If you only have one compost bin, you will need to take out the decomposed contents from the bottom of the bin regularly, while still continually adding to the top of the bin. This is possible but far from ideal. Two garden compost bins, or a dual chamber compost bin, is best. But I admit once you get the home composting bug, you well want more. Indeed we have four at present but in the future, who knows!
My first foray into the world of home composting was with a municipally sponsored, 200 litre capacity, plastic compost bin. I have to say it worked really well. The plastic stops the compost drying out and keeps things warm. The garden compost we got from our plastic bin was fine and crumbly and really gave me the garden composting bug. But that big plastic compost bin didn’t look that great in the small urban garden we then had.
Local councils often sponsor compost bins and water barrels. Check with yours. That was how we got our first water barrel and plastic compost bin. It made both very cheap indeed.
The ugliness of those plastic compost bins is a turn-off for some though. Indeed I have friends with small gardens who just would not have one in the garden to spoil the view. Even though they like to be ‘green’ and ‘eco’ in other ways they couldn’t bring themselves to recycle kitchen waste and recycle garden waste via such an eyesore! Daft I suppose, but true and far from rare thoughts, I imagine. Lets face it, as much as many of us like to lessen our impact on the earth we still have certain wants and needs. And, if yours is keeping the garden pretty and/or plastic free, the plastic compost bin and water barrel combo is not for you!
This is why I am such a fan of the wooden beehive composter. They are beautiful. Indeed I would love one, even though it would be totally impractical as we compost vast quantities of organic matter. They are just so attractive!
I think being able to buy a beautiful product is a great thing. If you aren’t one of life’s natural garden composters, happy with bins made of pallets, plastic and chicken wire, a touch of glamour may well motivate you. I can’t see any reason why you wouldn’t want to visit and regularly top up such a pretty garden compost bin! Surprisingly they aren’t as expensive as I assumed they’d be either, and really do make a feature out of whatever spot in the garden they appear in.
I would always advise having as large a compost bin as possible and indeed composting as much garden, kitchen and animal waste as practical. I am the proud owner of a dry compost loo, so I know whereof I speak. But, for small gardens and just those new to home composting, I think getting a pretty compost bin is a great idea.
So many people think making garden compost is dirty, or difficult, or hard work, that for them, building an array of compost boxes is never going to be even a thought. But for anyone who starts home composting even just a few kitchen scraps and lawn clippings in a relatively small prebuilt compost bin, it is still a reduction in commercial composts sold, peat bog destroyed and landfill filled.
Thus, even though I will never have one, I thoroughly see the point of the beautiful, rustic wooden beehive compost bins and still lust after them in my girlier gardening moments. But for me the whole point of garden composting is to make as much hummus as possible so they would never be practical here.
I think they would make a great gift for someone (with a pretty garden) who is yet to be converted to the merits of composting garden waste or kitchen scraps too. For those people will see ‘what is compost?’ quickly and through the rose tinted spectacles of someone with a particularly beautiful compost bin!
Sealed garden compost bins are great for composting without worrying about vermin or indeed children getting their hands on the kitchen waste. In wet climates your sealed bins mean you don’t get the whole heap too wet (which would stop the microbes being able to function). They also prevent all the goodness leaching away. Sealed compost bins are equally fabulous in hot climates where the heap could dry out (microbes do need moist conditions just not saturated ones).
If I was just starting out garden composting or looking for a small garden composter, I would definitely look into the wooden beehive compost bin option. Whether to improve the look of a small garden or because you are only composting kitchen waste on a small scale, they work well and look great.
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You can get a lot of composting done easily and efficiently with the Lifetime 75 Gallon Compost Tumbler.
This durable compost tumbler is constructed with heavy-duty UV-protected HDPE. It features black double walled panels to absorb and retain heat. It has an extra-large removable lid that makes it easy to load lawn and garden trimmings and organic waste. The lid also latches and locks to keep rodents out and compost in.
This tumbler has an ingenious design that allows it to turn on an axis for easy and balanced rotation. An internal aerator bar mixes compost and allows air to flow. It’s supported by a powder-coated steel frame with a spring-loaded pin to lock rotation during filling. Finally a galvanized steel base offers excellent stability. This tumbler has a 5-year limited warranty.
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Posted by admin on June 10, 2011
Just like people, gardens need nutrients to grow and flourish. Incorporating garden compost into your garden allows you to feed your plants and vegetables and improve overall soil quality.
You can obtain ready prepared bags of garden compost from most garden nurseries or garden supply stores. Many garden supply companies and gardening websites offer an online service and will deliver. It is important that you choose the right garden compost for your soil and particular needs. Some plants and garden shrubs such as rhododendrons and azaleas require special ericaceous compost to make the soil more acid. While other garden compost is suitable for general use for vegetable and flower gardening.
The main advantage of using compost on your garden is to improve the soil structure. Good garden soil needs to be loose and be able to hold water but with adequate drainage. Clay soil can be very heavy, so adding garden compost will improve the structure and drainage. For soils that are sandy, garden compost will absorb water and improve the water-holding capacity of the soil.
As well as improving the structure and water retaining properties of soil, the decomposing compost will gradually release nutrients vital for healthy plant growth. Nitrogen is a vital nutrient in plant growth which can be obtained from garden compost. The use of adding manure as well as compost will ensure a good supply of nitrogen if growing highly productive crops.
For those who do not want to buy their garden compost, making your own compost in your garden has several advantages. Firstly, it allows the gardener to recycle garden wastes. This means less waste to have to dispose of. Secondly, you will know what has gone into your garden compost. So if you want to be an organic gardener, you will have control over what has gone into your compost.
When deciding on your home garden compost bin it is best to design it into your garden. Making a home compost can be made from ready made plastic drums which turn, to wooden enclosures made yourself or from kits ready to assemble. Having some sort of structure for your compost will save space and hasten decomposition. If you find that the thought of your compost bin may spoil the look of the garden, then garden screens can be useful to hide it from view.
When you have to dispose of garden waste those garden jobs can become harder. But with your own garden compost patch or bin, garden clearance becomes a whole lot easier. Most organic materials will decompose, but not all garden wastes should go into your home compost. Leaves, grass cuttings, non-woody plant trimmings can all be composted. If putting grass cuttings into your compost, it is advisable to mix with other garden waste to keep it aerated. Branches, logs or twigs greater than 1/4 inch thick should be put through a garden mulcher or shredder first, as they will not decompose fast enough.
Kitchen waste is a valuable addition to your compost. Wastes such as vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, and egg shells make good compost. Some organic materials should not be added to your compost as they could create a health hazard. Pet waste should not be added nor should meat, bones or fat. Whole eggs and dairy products should also not be added as they attract rodents. Any plant that is diseased should be avoided in your compost. This is because although the temperature in the center of your compost may reach 140 degrees and kill off many diseases, you can not be sure that your compost has been sufficiently mixed to the center to reach this temperature. Using a garden incinerator to dispose of diseased plants will ensure the spread of disease is contained.
Once you begin to fill your compost bin, decomposition can take from six months to two years. The process can be sped up by mixing dry and wet materials and chopping or shredding waste as small as possible. The stage of decomposition will vary from top to bottom as you continually add more waste. The more finished compost will be found at the bottom of your bin and should be removed first.
The best system of composting is to have two bins on the go, one to add to and one for maturing. Remember that the site of your compost is important as you want it near enough to your area where it is to be used but not too close to your neighbours to be a nuisance. Once having set up your garden compost your garden will benefit from good quality garden compost to produce better plants, flowers or vegetables.
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Posted by admin on June 9, 2011
Composts lawn clippings, brown leaves, and hard to compost items such as wood chips, pine cones, and twigs. 2 lb. box converts 500 to 750 lb. of yard debris to mulch. Contains a proprietary blend of microorganisms with specially designed nutrient sources
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Posted by admin on June 7, 2011
The brilliantly designed center pivoting composter produces up to 60 gallons of compost 4 times faster than any other. It mixes the compost simply by turning the composter on its centered pivoting stand. Accessible from either end too.
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Posted by admin on June 6, 2011
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Posted by admin on November 29, 2010
Compost is also known as black gold and it is very essential to any garden and its gardener. A compost pile is a very good thing to have especially if you are an organic gardener. As an organic gardener you can use the compost pile to add rich and organic nutrients into your soil. The compost pile can make a huge difference when it comes to improving your garden soil. Making a compost pile can be quite tedious and very tiring. It can be quite difficult and cumbersome to make. Making it can be very difficult and this is so true especially if you are doing it manually. Turning and flipping the pile manually can be quite tedious and traumatic. Not only is it very laborious but you will also have to deal with terrible smells, bugs, and pests.
When it comes to compost pile requirements the best solution is getting a compost tumbler. A compost tumbler will take care of all your compost needs. Even though compost tumblers tend to cost quite a bit of money they are definitely worth it and they make gardening easier and simpler. They are also easy to use and are eco friendly. There are quite a number of advantages and benefits of using a compost tumbler. The main benefit and advantage of using a compost tumbler is that unlike the traditional compost piles they are much more eco friendly and they occupy much less space. Since they occupy much less space they can be used in small yards and in slightly confined places unlike the traditional ones.
Another major advantage of a compost tumbler is that they keep unwanted pets and animals out of your compost pile. This is very important when it comes to compost. A compost tumbler also greatly reduces the smell and this is huge advantage over the traditional composts. The smell of traditional composts is very bad and it can be quite potent so the reduced smell of the compost tumbler is very welcome. Since compost tumblers come in various sizes they can be used anywhere which makes them ideal for places with patios, small yards, and apartments with small gardens and so forth. Small animals and pets are also not attracted to compost tumblers unlike the traditional composts will be out in the open. Another reason why small pets and animals are not attracted to compost tumblers is because the smell is reduced or totally eliminated.
Knowing how to use a compost tumble is very important and by using it properly you will be able to get the best and maximum compost results in the shortest time possible. You need to make sure that you only place soft items and material in the tumbler, nothing hard or anything difficult to crush. Secondly you need to make sure that you only add organic matter and organic material which will quickly break down. No cabbages, hard stalks or anything else similar to these things should be put inside the tumbler. Only use items that have soft leaves, coffee grounds, grass clippings, and similar items. You must use items that can be easily turned and converted into compost.
Make sure that the contents of the tumbler are soft and moist. They must not be wet or totally dry but moist. Moisture is needed in order to get the best compost results. The final step involves rotating the compost bin on regular basis. This should be done every few days and before long you will have great compost.
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Posted by admin on November 26, 2010
If you are in the market for a compost bin, consider a spinning composter. One of the best spinning composter is the Back Porch Compost Tumbler.
Compost tumblers are easier to use than most other types of bins. The decomposing heap needs to be turning periodically to expedite the decomposition process. A spinning composter easily turns the decomposing pile. What makes the Back Porch Compost Tumbler superior to others?
1. Size. Most bins are large. As such, they can take up quite of bit of yard space. If you have a small property, or if you live in an apartment (with a back porch or a terrace), this could be a problem for you. The Back Porch Compost Tumbler is small and will likely fit into most people’s homes or apartments easier than other units.
2. Mobility. The spinning composter has wheels and a handle. Most bins are fixed in their place and you have to get a wheelbarrow or some other bin to move the compost to its ultimate location. This bin, because of its wheels and handle is easily moved around your property, so you can place it right where you want to use the compost, and empty as much as you need for that location, and then move on to the next location.
3. Capacity. Even though it is compact in size, it can still hold quite a bit of compost. There are several models, each hold at least 37 gallons of compost material.
As you can see, the spinning composter is probably the best choice for you, and the Back Porch Compost Tumbler may be the best of the “heap.”
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Posted by admin on November 23, 2010
As their name implies, compost tumblers function by tumbling the compost materials so as to achieve aeration, aid in decomposition and evenly distribute moisture. As such, composting with the use of tumblers is one of the fastest ways to make finished organic fertilizer. However, before you go buying or building a composite tumbler of your own, it pays to know of some basic things about it. This way, you know what you are getting into especially in relation with compost bins and other alternatives for the use of organic fertilizer like sheet and trench composting.
Choosing Store-Bought Tumblers
There are four basic types of composite tumblers, which you can choose from in gardening supplies stores.
First, center-axle mounted drums have the drum above the ground with a single axle running through its center. To operate, you just manually rotate the drum. You need to look for units with openings at both ends for easier unloading of the finished compost.
Second, rolling drums on a base allow for the collection of compost tea at its base. This time, the barrel is located on top of a base sitting on the ground. You will have to roll the drum to load and unload compost.
Third, rolling spheres are composite tumblers with a difference – these do not have a base. Instead, these are drums that must be rolled around the yard but may also contain flat sides to allow them to stay put.
Fourth and generally considered to be the best, crank-operated rolling drums are driven by gear systems that can be hand cranked. As such, this is the easiest type to operate with the added advantage of easy loading and unloading to a wheelbarrow as well as internal mechanisms that allow for improved mixing action.
If possible, throw in a few dollars more for the crank-operated type since it pays for itself. Keep in mind that it is easier to operate, has larger capacity and lasts longer. Of course, you should always evaluate the pros and cons of the other models since each gardener’s needs and budgets definitely differ from the others.
Building Your Own
Now, if you do not have the money for composite tumblers or if you have the knack for do-it-yourself projects, then building your own is an excellent option.
Look for either a 55-gallon steel drum or a 45-gallon plastic drum, which can be bought from stores or maybe found just lying around in junk shops. If you are using a steel drum, paint it all over with rust-resistant paint.
Drill 1/4 -inch holes in the sides of the drum to allow oxygen to enter. Of course, make a re-sealable opening at one end.
Make two holes in the middle of the drum, one on each side, to allow any rust-resistant metal to be threaded through them.
Erect two poles on the ground such that their distance should be sufficient to place the drum between them with about a foot of clearance on each side. Mount cups on top of these upright poles upon which the drum’s pole will be placed on. Make sure that the clearance between drum and ground is not less than 3 feet.
Mount the drum and place the locks.
With the variety of composite tumblers available, there is simply no excuse not to use them.
Whitney Segura is a avid user of hydroponics equipment and writes many gardening articles. His company makes green products such as composting bins and tumblers.