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Types of Composting Containers

Types of Composting Containers

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Published by Barbara E. Volkov
Composting containers that you should used are ones that will fill your needs best. Some composting containers can be used indoors or outdoors; worm composting can be done either in or out depending on the weather of your region.
Composting containers that you should used are ones that will fill your needs best. Some composting containers can be used indoors or outdoors; worm composting can be done either in or out depending on the weather of your region.

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Types of Composting Containers
Composting containers are used to house all the material we want to decompose for use in our gardens. There are a number of composting containers to choose from and with a little research you can select the one best suited for your needs. The main thing to consider is the fact you want to create compost to add back to the earth. Creating compost is the best way to safely return organic wastes back to the soil as a rich healthy material. In order to compost there are a few specific requirements that are needed so decomposition occurs properly. They are: compost size, moisture, air, fragment size, green matter, dry matter, and heat. A very small compost structure will be unable to create enough heat to decompose properly. You need to have a minimum capacity of material to build up enough heat that is necessary for composting efficiently; generally speaking that volume should be 3’ by 3’ by 3’. It is possible to use an insulated wood bin or plastic bin that is smaller so it holds the right amount of heat to decompose well. Continuous Composters A continuous composter is an enclosed bin that can be used to handle a number of different materials ranging from yard waste to kitchen scraps. The reason they are classified as “continuous" is that waste materials can be added to it all the time and compost is generated slowly. The finished compost filters to the bottom of the container and you can remove compost several times a year. This style of composting bin is constructed of solid plastic or wood slats and is shaped like a box with a lid on it. You will need to turn the compost with a pitchfork or shovel periodically. Because the container is sealed with a lid unwanted critters and rodents will be kept away. Batch Composters A tumbling action turns batch composters into very efficient composting machines. Every batch basically starts with a balanced mix of waste and cooks until it is ready which could be from four to eight weeks. A batch composter is a quick way to make compost, but it needs to be mixed or turned daily and checked to see if there is the right amount of moisture for decomposition. While one batch is cooking, you can stockpile materials in an open pile or in a kitchen composter. Indoor Composters and Worm Bins Indoor composters and worm bins can be used but on a smaller scale. A kitchen composter sitting on a kitchen counter allows you to use food scraps for composting and it will eliminate any odors with its air-tight lid. A worm bin is designed also for composting food scraps but using the talented redworm instead. The worm composting

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bin is used indoors or it can be used outdoors depending on your particular regions outdoor weather conditions. Compost Tumblers The compost tumbler is basically cylindrical in design and it looks like a horizontal drum that is supported by a base and mounted on axles or wheels. The drum gets rotated to aerate the waste materials. Many of them rotated very easy by turning a crank on the side of the container. Also available on the market is another type of compost tumbler called a bio orb bin that is similar to a tumbler but is a ball that is supported by a framework and it will roll across the yard to different areas of the garden. Because of this tumblers shape your children may get involved in helping to make compost. A good spot to place your composting containers is an area that receives some sunlight but not get the full sun all during the day. The area needs to have good drainage to avoid standing water; it needs to be protected from heavy winds, and should be away from any outdoor activities. Once they begin producing compost you can add nutrients to the garden and you are also reducing garden waste.

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