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How to use compost bins and tumblers, What is Composting? Composting is the bio-degradation of organic matter, such as yard and food waste. The decomposition is performed by
micro-organisms: bacteria, yeasts and fungi. In low temperature phases a number of macro-organisms, such as ants, nematodes, isopods and earthworms also contribute to the process, as well as soldier fly, fruit flies and fungus gnats. Composting can be divided into hot (fast) or cold (slow), home (small scale) or
industrial (large scale).
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Composting At Home - Kitchen Scrap Composter & Bins
Building and maintaining a compost pile
or compost heap is the surest and easiest way to become a better gardener. Not only will you be producing the best possible food for your garden, but by watching leaves, eggshells,
orange rinds, and grass clippings become transformed into rich compost filled with earthworms and other soil creatures, you'll be learning what healthy soil
is all about. Tips for composting: Home Composting Systems - Our
composter bins and tumblers help you turn yard waste and Kitchen Scrap Composter (below) into homemade garden
compost. We offer tumbling batch composters, compost bins for continuous composting and even worm composters in styles ranging from simple wire frames to our decorative
Using a compost bin improves soil structure. Most gardeners don't start with great soil. Whether yours is hard and compacted, sandy, stony, heavy, or wet, adding compost
will improve its texture, water-holding capacity, and fertility. Your soil will gradually become fluffy and brown
- ideal for healthy plants.
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source of plant nutrients. Even if you are lucky enough to have great soil, you
can't expect that soil to remain rich and productive without replenishing the
nutrients that are consumed each growing season. No commercial fertilizer, even
one that is totally organic, provides the full spectrum of nutrients that you
get with compost. The nutrients are available gradually, as your plants need
them, over a period of months or years. The microorganisms in the compost will
also help your plants absorb nutrients from fertilizers more efficiently. A
compost bin stimulates beneficial organisms. Compost is teeming with all kinds
of microorganisms and soil fauna that help convert soil nutrients into a form
that can be readily absorbed by your plants. The enzymes, vitamins,
microorganisms, and natural antibiotics that are
present in compost actually
help prevent many soil pathogens from harming your plants. Earthworms,
millipedes, and other macro-organisms tunnel through your soil, opening up
passageways for air and water to reach your plants' roots.
Compost is garden insurance. Even very experienced gardeners often have soil
that is less than perfect. Adding compost moderates pH and fertility problems,
so you can concentrate on the pleasures of gardening, not the science of your
soil’s chemical composition. Unlike organic or inorganic fertilizers, which need
to be applied at the right time and in the right amount, compost can be applied
at any time and in any amount. You can't really over-apply it. Plants use
exactly what they need, when they need it.
Can a gardener ever have enough compost? It's doubtful. Having a compost heap
gives you the perfect
thing to spread around when you are creating a new garden, seeding a new lawn
area, or planting a new tree. It can be sprinkled around plants during the
growing season or used as a mulch in your perennial gardens. You can add it
to your flower boxes and deck planters. You can also use it to enrich the
potting soil for your indoor plants.
Organic matter is transformed into compost through the work of microorganisms,
soil fauna, enzymes and fungi. When making compost, your job is to provide the
best possible environment for these beneficial organisms to do their work. If
you do so, the decomposition process works very rapidly—sometimes in as little
as two weeks! If you don't provide the optimum environment, decomposition will
still happen, but it may take from several months to several years. The trick to
making an abundance of this soil food in a short time is to balance the following four
Carbon. Carbon-rich materials are the energy food for microorganisms. You can
identify high-carbon plant materials because they are dry, tough, or fibrous,
and tan or brown in color. Examples are dry leaves, straw, rotted hay, sawdust,
shredded paper, and cornstalks.
Nitrogen. High-nitrogen materials provide the protein-rich components that
microorganisms require to grow and multiply. Freshly pulled weeds, fresh grass
clippings, over-ripe fruits and vegetables, kitchen scraps and other moist green
matter are the sorts of nitrogen-rich materials you'll probably have on hand.
Other high-protein organic matter includes kelp meal, seaweed, manure and animal
by-products like blood or bone meal.
Water. Moisture is very important for the composting process. But too much
moisture will drown the microorganisms, and too little will dehydrate them. A
general rule of thumb is to keep the material in your compost pile as moist as a
well-wrung sponge. If you need to add water (unchlorinated is best), insert your
garden hose into the middle of the pile in several places, or sprinkle the pile
with water next time you turn it. Using an enclosed container or covering your
pile with a tarp will make it easier to maintain the right moisture level.
Oxygen. To do their work most efficiently, microorganisms require a lot of
oxygen. When your pile is first assembled, there will probably be plenty of air
between the layers of materials. But as the microorganisms begin to work, they
will start consuming oxygen. Unless you turn or in some way aerate your compost
pile, they will run out of oxygen and become sluggish.
Pest Control in Compost in Tumblers & Bins
Compost bins and tumblers do a fairly good job of controlling pests in compost.
Compost bins can keep out small animals, dogs, cats and such. Compost tumblers
are nearly pest proof because they are completely sealed.
Composter Odor Control
Both tumblers and bins control composting odors. Lifting off the lid of a composter has a, well a composting smell, but it's not that bad. It is good
practice to keep your bin or tumbler closed so you don't have any foul odors coming from the composting process.
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