Compost is regarded nature’s best manure. It is made through the breakdown of organic material by bacteria found in the soil in the presence of moisture, oxygen and some heat. With the increasing damage caused to the environment by dumping wastes and chemical fertilizers, many garden owners are choosing to prepare their own compost. A compost bin comes in handy since it speeds up the composting process. Here is a guide to understanding compost bins.
There are many types of compost bins. The most common include the standard composting bin, compost tumblers, animal waste bins, worm bins and rolling bins.
Standard composting bins are usually plastic bins with a lid. All you do is throw in your waste and let it be decomposed by bacteria. One disadvantage is that it takes quite a long time to compost the waste… up to two years.
Compost tumblers and rolling bins work in more of the same way. They turn to mix and aerate the waste in them. They are usually faster than the standard composting bin with the compost tumblers making compost within 5 weeks.
Animal waste bins turn animal poop into manure, while worm bins turn kitchen waste to compost by use of worms. Animal waste bins only make compost from poop and worm bins need to be kept at temperatures of about 80°F.
There are different sizes of compost bins. The size of the compost bin is measured in cubic feet, which is the amount of compost it can produce at a go. Smaller sizes are great if you have a small home garden or need compost for your potted flowers. Larger bins are for larger gardens as well as homes which have large amounts of waste.
The costs also vary depending on the type and size of the bin. In general, the larger and faster a bin can produce compost, the more expensive it is. However, whatever the cost the compost bin is, you can get great discounts when shop at local home stores in your area (or consider buying online for better discounts).
The type of compost bin you buy will also dictate where you can use it. Most are designed to be used outdoors but some like the worm bins and indoor kitchen composter can be used indoors.
Anyone can buy a compost bin. Whether you have a home garden or just for your lawn. Compost is the best type of manure you can use on soil since it has been made naturally. You will also be reducing the amount of soil pollution by decreasing the amount of waste you throw away.
Veronica Davis is a freelance writer and WAHM. She has written for dozens of green living and personal finance sites and publications, including Planet Green. She recommends researching discounts online, such as Home Depot coupons, to find the best buy for all of your green projects.