Here are some common questions that come up:
Why Compost? The disposable society we live in produces an enormous amount of waste which is mostly dumped into landfills that are increasingly being used up. Yet, composting can recycle at least a third of your curb side waste and produces a rich organic soil conditioner. Composing saves you money as you will have to buy less fertilizer, plus you will also get more bountiful harvests and larger, more plentiful flowers.
Is Composting Difficult? Composting is easy and yet people love to complicate things. Keep to the basics and it is easy to do. The finer issues are less important and are not essential to successful composting. The natural process of composting can be made to go faster and more efficiently by adopting a few simple techniques such as using a compost bin, combining the right amount of organic materials and providing the right environment in the garden.
How Do I Start Composting? We found for the best results, follow these guidelines:
- Collect Kitchen waste such as potato peels, egg shells and coffee grounds
- At the bottom of the compost bin place 3-4 inch layer of twigs and sticks
- Place kitchen waste on top of the twigs then cover with a layer of leaves or lawn clippings
- Sprinkle some soil over the top as soil adds microorganisms to the compost
Every time you add kitchen waste to the pile, always add an equal amount of leaves or lawn clippings. Mixing new materials and old materials is a good thing as it aids in the aeration and reduces the chances of getting bad smells. Keep the pile as moist as a squeezed out sponge. Add water if necessary, especially in drier and low humidity climates.
What Can I Put in my Compost Bin? Almost all your organic kitchen scraps can be composted including fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds and filters, bread, etc. Yard waste including grass clippings, leaves, hay, wood chips, etc. can be added also. It’s important that the balance of organic materials and yard waste be equal. Also, the smaller the material is chopped, the more quickly it will compost. Meats, grease and oils, and pet waste are big no-no’s for your compost bin.
Where Should I Set up my Compost Bin? Virtually any location from full sun to total shade will work but you want to make sure the location will work for you. For example, if most of your compost material will come from the kitchen, select an area that you can easily get to from the kitchen. Remember, a bin in full sun will dry out faster than one in the shade.
How Long Will it Take to Produce Finished Compost? Composting time varies according to climate conditions. The process can take 6 months to one year depending on the temperature and materials in the compost bin. Also, the rate of decomposition will slow down in the winter. The sign that your compost is ready for use is when it resembles black, fluffy soil and has a sweet earthy smell. Compost is best used within months of being ready, otherwise you will gradually lose nutrients as they breakdown and leach away.
Insects – Sometimes compost bins attract flies. Usually this happens when kitchen scraps are left on top of the pile. To deter flies, bury the food by adding a layer of soil. Also, turning the pile each time you add kitchen waste will help
Smells – A well aerated compost pile should not smell. If you do get bad smells, add a layer of soil, turn the pile every two days until the smell disappears and add dry clippings and leaves to balance out the amount of kitchen waste in the pile.
So now you are excited about composting, let our Composting Starter Kit get you going! Our Composting Starter Kit includes the Bosmere Slim Kitchen Compost Caddy (K779), the Bosmere Wire Compost Bin (K765) and the Bosmere Compost Turner (P845). Combine these three items together for just $85.00 and save 20% off our regular retail prices. This is a great way to get everything you need to start composting.
Start with the Slim Kitchen Compost Caddy, made to fit under the kitchen counter, to collect all your biodegradable kitchen scraps. The plastic caddy is made from re-cycled plastic and the top hinges open for easy access.
Carry your the Slim Kitchen Caddy when full out to the Wire Compost Bin and add to your mixture.
The Wire Compost Bin is made out of plastic coated sturdy steel wire. It can be easily erected and will hold up to 15.6 cu feet of compost. (100 gallons). Front door opens for easy access.
Now you have everything in the compost bin, don’t forget to use the Compost Aerator for aerating the compost to help assist decomposition. It has two sets of activating wings which fold in when pushed into the compost and open up to aerate when pulled out. The tool is made out of non-rust steel with a vinyl hand grip. Handle can be adjusted for left-handed or right-handed use.
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