The Best Way to Set Up a Compost Bin

Compost bin

Composting is one of the most important things that can be done that will create a very healthy and lush garden. Some people may shy away from it because it sounds complicated, but it is quite simple. If done correctly, nature will do the job needed in order to produce some amazing fertilizer. You have the control of what ingredients to use in your compost, so make it as natural and organic as you like. This way you can be sure that there will be no harsh chemicals in the growth of your vegetables in the garden. There are several ways to get this done, but keeping things simple is the best way to set up a compost bin.

Step 1. Find a container or not

You have the option to use a container or you can start a pile right on the grown. It is completely up to you. It all depends on how quickly you want to be able to use your compost: weeks, months, or years. Using a composting tumbler can speed up the process and produce compost in a matter of weeks. Choose what is right for your needs.

Step 2. The Ingredients to use

You will need to use brown and green plant matter to produce excellent compost, and keep it moist so the mixture can decompose. Dry leaves, shredded news paper, wood chips, straw, and saw dust are all in the brown family. Green leaves, vegetable kitchen scraps, and grass clippings are in the green family. Adding meat, fish, or dairy would not be a good idea for an outdoor bin because of the smell. It would attract animals and pests that would try to destroy the bin in order to eat the food.

Add your bulky items on the bottom first such as dry leaves or wood items for better ventilation. Each time you add something from the green family, add a layer of brown materials to keep things balanced. Make sure to keep it moist. You can also add a bit of garden soil to activate the process.

Step 3. Maintaining the pile

You must periodically turn the pile or mix it each week to make sure that everything is blended together and processing properly. A composting tumbler will make this process easy, but you can also just use a pitchfork and turn it if you are doing it on the ground. If you are using a trashcan you can turn it over on its side and roll it around a bit. Keep the compost bin in the sun so that the materials can heat up and do what comes naturally. Check on it often and make sure that the moisture level is good. Over watering the pile will create a soggy mess. If you stick your hand in and it feels like clumps or crumbly things are on the right track.

Now you have someplace to throw your kitchen scraps that will be more beneficial.

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