Compost Bin Marketplace
Choosing the perfect compost bin for your family, space and situation
Compost bins have come a long way in recent years. Modern compost bins are attractive, work fast, are virtually odor free, and are great for your plants and garden. Spherical rolling bins help you to properly mix the dirt, compost tumblers are even easier to take for a spin (plus save your back), worm composters put nature's little creepy crawlies to work for you - for the best results ever.
The average family living in a single-dwelling home discards a total 1,300+ pounds of municipal solid waste per person, per year, all of which is accumulating in landfills. Composting is the ecologically sound process of turning kitchen scraps and yard waste into nourishing mulch and fertilizer for everything you grow.
There are a lot of options out there now, and this guide will help you find the perfect compost bin for you and your situation. It's a great "green" thing to do as a family and oh so rewarding!
Worm Compost Bins
Worm Composting is easy and really cool (just ask any young boy!) Given the right environment and a little routine attention, a handful of worms will multiply rapidly and digest your kitchen scraps faster than any other method. You can compost your food scraps using a worm composter and reduce the volume of your household garbage by as much as 25%.
Any gardener knows that worms are a sign of nutrient-rich soil. Worms are important members of the gardening team, breaking down organic matter into compost. It only makes sense, then, that a worm composter is a great way to speed up the composting process. There are worm compost bins designed for both indoor and outdoor use.
Compost Tumblers and Spheres
What are the advantages of compost tumblers?
The key to rapid composting of any sort is to work the pile every few days, to get all the material to rotate through the hot center of the pile. With a quick spin of the tumbler, or rotation of the drum, this chore is simplified.
A tumbler, with its enclosed sides, will do a better job of retaining moisture on those hot arid summer days. Also, they conversely help in keeping excess moisture out during the rainy season. This can keep a pile that has a lot of "wet" material, such as grass clippings, from starting to smell.
Relatively Pest Resistant
Composters that stand above ground, make it hard for rodents and other critters to find their way into the compost pile, and the "goodies" you have stored there.
Ease of Loading / Unloading
While this varies a lot based on the individual design, many of them are considerably easier to get material in and out of. That's easier on your back and lessens the work involved.
Do you compost?
Kitchen Composters and Indoor Compost Bins
Kitchen composters are designed to fit on your kitchen counter or floor so you don't have to make a trip to the yard every time you want to add some waste to the bin.
The designs range from a simple sealable compost bucket to hold your scraps until you head outside, colorful and stylish compost crocks to match your kitchen decor, to electric composters, which mix the waste for you every few hours, producing compost in just a couple of weeks.
Pretty much all your organic household and garden waste is an eligible candidate for composting although there are a few exceptions:
Things to particularly avoid are meat, fish, bones, fats and oils, dairy products like milk and cheese, dog and cat droppings as these can attract animals, create foul smells as they degrade and carry nasty diseases. Also, while weeds and plants can be added, it is advised to dry out persistent weeds and remove seed heads before adding these.
Ashes are also best avoided, as are glossy magazines. Shredded paper and cardboard are fine to add.
Feel free to add waste fruit and vegetables, crushed egg shells, coffee grounds (worms love them!) and tea bags, hair, leaves, grass clippings and other organic waste.
As a general rule, if in doubt, leave it out but most organic waste will rot down just fine and if you shred it or cut it up smaller, it will compost faster.