If you are a gardener and you want to have healthy plants then you will want to invest in a garden composter. But how do you use one effectively? There is no right or wrong way to do composting. However, a good composter can certainly make the job easier.
If you are an organic gardener then you will not be wanting to use pesticides, fungicides or commercial fertilizers (chemicals) on your plants. With composting you don’t have to use any of these and you will get healthy plants.
When you use a composter you are recycling all the kitchen scraps and yard trimmings that would otherwise end up in the landfill. It is important to note that you can’t put everything from your kitchen into a composter.
Composting needs to use biodegradable, organic material. This means those materials need to be free of contaminants and chemicals. For instant you can’t put pet waste into a composter since there may be parasites or other bugs you don’t want in your compost.
One of the good things about a garden composter is they are made of durable material. They are often made of either metal or recycled plastic. Many can be moved around since they are on wheels.
Most garden composters are easy to assemble and some even come already assembled. You can also choose different size composters that not only fit your needs but your yard size as well.
You will want to place your garden composter in an area that is close to your house and near a water source. You should also consider the seasons. The composter should be placed in an area that allows for easy turning and use.
Add in the materials to the composter. You can use dead leaves, branches and twigs. These are considered brown materials. You also need to add in green material such as plant trimmings, fruit and vegetable scraps and coffee grounds.
Other material that you can add to your garden composter are cardboard rolls, clean paper, coffee filters, dryer and vacuum cleaner link, eggshells, hair, hay, straw, nut shells, sawdust, shredded newspaper, tea bags and yard trimmings.
You may need to add water to the pile. However, this is usually not necessary since the decomposing of the materials makes for moisture in the composter.
You will need to turn the pile a few times a week. This will add in the much needed oxygen to help make compost. As well it helps air to circulate.
One item you might want to add to your composter is a thermometer. This can help you determine when the pile is ready for turning. Add the thermometer to the middle of the pile and when the temperature has reached between 130 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, it is ready to turn.
When you have enough finished compost, remove it from the composter and start your next batch with some of the fully decomposed material. This way you will be making your compost a lot faster.