When we think about how to start a compost bin, it usually makes us think about the unbearable stench of deteriorating food and abounding flies. Chill and relax as starting a compost bin do not necessary be so horrible. Furthermore, garden compost is important in your garden as it helps to provides nourishment to your plants, efficiently utilizing kitchen scraps and garden waste, save time and money.
Here are some ideas on how to start a compost bin.
- Go and buy a compost container or garden compost tumbler, this could usually be found from neighboring hardware shop or garden center. A more expensive container would have more built in functions to help turning the compost. A cheaper option is just made use of your trash bin, taking off the bottom of the bin and it can function as a compost container as well.
- Location – One of the most important decision on how to start a compost bin is where. Where exactly to put the compost bin. The compost bin will have to located at some place that is not to close to where kids are playing and of course not close to dining areas. Yet, it should be easily accessible as really, we are not trying to make our lives difficult. It will be great if it can be easily movable as you want to move it close to your house during the winter.
- The simplest way on how to start a compost bin is to have smaller container where we keep all the food scraps. These containers will then be emptied right into the main garden compost container at the end of the day.
- How should we fill up the compost bin? Start by having a thick layer of mulch or twigs which can act as drainage to avoid sludge. Then, start filling up with kitchen scraps. Have another layer of leaves and some soil at the top which can help to make better compost and also smell nicer.
- Aerate your compost load regular to avoid undesirable pongs by turning it with a pitchfork or shovel. This will add the required oxygen into the pile to help the compost process. Or you can position yard stakes or pipelines via the load to enable air to travel with your compost stack.
- Keep filling up the compost bin and wait. In a couple of months, you will have some rich, very fertile compost at the bottom of the bin. You will notice then the use of little door at the bottom of compost tumbler for, so you can easily get the rewards.
- Utilize the compost – When the compost is ready, take it out and spread it gently across your lawn. It helps to allow healthier grow of vegetables, makes your flower blossoms and even pest resistant.
- Of course, there is also some guidelines on what can be used to fill up the compost bin and what are things that should never go into it.
What to add to your compost bin:
- Veggie and food scraps
- Coffee filters
- Tea leaves and tea bags
- Dead flowers
- Used veggie food preparation oil
- Soft stems
- Dropped leaves (in layers)
- Things that should stay out of your compost bin:
- Meat and milk products
- Bread or cake (may attract mice)
- Metals, plastic, glass
- Citrus, leek and onion
- Diseased and unhealthy plants
- Bones and oily fat
- Animal manures (specifically the droppings of dogs and cats)
- Weeds that have seeds or below ground stems
- Large branches