How Does a Garden Composter Work?

If you want to recycle organic material then you will want to use a composting bin. These composters allow all the kitchen and yard waste to be recycled and to make new soil for your garden. Your plants will thrive with all the rich nutrients available in compost material.

Most composters are made of hard plastic or metal with a lid that is attached with fasteners. You will add kitchen and yard waste and then either rotate the bin or mix it up with a pitch fork. This needs to be done at least three to four times a week.

Probably the best kind of composter is the tumblers since they are easy to turn in order to mix up the compost as it is decaying. You also don’t have move around the heavy material by hand.

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With a composter you don’t need to use any chemicals. All you need to do is add the waste and let the composter do its job. The first batch might take a little longer to create the compost. However, after that you just need to save some of the compost by leaving it in the bin. This way when you add new material it will take less time to complete the composting cycle.

Each composter is different when it comes to making compost. As well weather will play a large part in how fast the compost is made. The size of material that is added to the bin can also make a difference. The smaller the ingredients, the more often you turn the compost, the quicker it will mature.

You don’t need to add water to the material in the composter. Since composters are either made from metal or plastic it is able to retain the natural moisture from the kitchen waste and garden scraps.

When adding kitchen scraps to the composter, make sure it is all organic waste. You can’t add meat or other proteins as you will end up with a rancid batch and also that might attract rodents and bugs. This will not help your compost.

By adding organic material to your composter you will end up with thousands of micro-organisms working together to convert this material to humus. Adding this to your soil will make it lighter and more porous. As well your flowers and vegetables will get all sorts of naturally occurring minerals.

One of the many benefits of using a garden composter, is your plants will be more disease resistant. As well you get to recycle kitchen scraps and garden waste that could end up in the landfill instead of in your garden producing beautiful plants.

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