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Tips for a Composting Bin
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Tips for a Composting Bin

If combined correctly, organic household and yard waste are a perfect habitat for bacteria and fungi that encourage the decomposition process for free compost material. The result is a great organic fertilizer for the garden. Every gardener should definitely consider a composting bin. This article will deal with non-worm composting bins. I will discuss worm composting bins in a separate articles at a later date.

What is the best location for a composting bin?

Composting bins are generally not an aesthetically pleasing addition to a lawn. Therefore, it is best to select a corner of the backyard or plant bushes to camouflage the bin.

What makes an ideal composting bin?

A bottomless four-sided square wooden box is ideal; however, the size of the box is up to each gardener.

Will I need to add water to the composting bin?

During an extremely dry season, it may be necessary to add additional water. Generally, rain combined with the natural water found in grass clippings and weeds supplies a generous water supply for composting.

What if my compost bin smells bad?

If a composting bin develops a foul smell or slime, it may be necessary to place a tarp over the bin to prevent additional rainwater. Always throw leaves or grass clippings on top of food items in the compost bin.

How can I assure my compost bin is aerated well?

Use a pitchfork to turn the composting material. This allows oxygen to speed up the process. Also, move the composting material from the edges to the center of the pile with the pitchfork. Do not push the compost down as you throw in extra items. Pushing the items down forces oxygen out.

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  1. Charlotte D
    Great tips...Voted
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Charlotte!
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  2. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    I am still learning about it..will look forward to future articles!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Akanksha Lai! I appreciate the vote and the comment!
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  3. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Well guys last night when I first posted there was a picture attached of a composting bin. This morning the picture of the bin has disappeared leaving the site photo only.
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  4. kristo
    kristo
    Interesting info! I didn't know about the tarp trick, voted #3!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Kristo for the vote! You can build a top for the box, but a tarp is probably less costly. If you live in a location that does not receive much rain, a top might not be necessary.
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  5. dianabart
    dianabart
    I've always considered one of these. Good article. Voted! :-)
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Diana for the vote and comment! I plan to write a second article on a composting bin utilizing worms to speed the process.
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  6. SnakeWitch
    I want my own garden someday, so I am keeping track of this sort of info. Thanks! Voted!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Snake Witch! I appreciate the vote and comment! You can start small in a raised bed or even in a container.
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  7. Sheila Ray
    Voted - what a wonderful thing to do!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Sheila for the vote and the comment! Vegetable peelings, coffee grounds and even grass clippings can be used.
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  8. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    #7. I like this one because organic fertilizers are amongst the best to use.
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Susan for the vote and comment!
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