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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