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Compost Bins Indoor and Out

Updated on January 5, 2011

Composting Defined

Composting starts with a compost bin or pile that retains heat necessary for decomposition. Compost is mulch and amends the soil, replacing or lessening the need for fertilizers and pesticides which is beneficial to everyone. Compost will loosen and restructure soil, improving fertility and promoting healthy root systems. It improves soil pH, keeping moisture in the soil, preventing erosion, suppressing soil-borne plant pathogens and supplying soil with very beneficial micro-nutrients and microorganisms.

It is the result of worms, insects, bacteria and fungi producing excrement that are nutrient rich. This is nature's recycling process and we are simply duplicating this process. When we compost, we are supporting our environment in a positive manner.

Compost must be maintained to create an environment that promotes decay. It must be turned regularly to aerate, and they must retain a degree of heat and moisture. The rewards and benefits of compost is great for your yard and garden.

There are quite a variety of nice compost bins available.

What To Add - What Not To Add

  • Good green organic matter to add -
    coffee grounds
    tea bags
    fruit/vegie trimmings
    grass clippings
    disease-free plants
    tree trimmings
  • Good brown organic matter to add -
    clean shredded white paper
    coal-free ashes
    cotton/wool scraps
    crushed nutshells and eggshells
    dry leaves
    dry yard trimmings
    untreated wood
  • What NOT to add -
    bird droppings
    urine, or feces from animals or humans
    dairy products / meat / blood (anything that will attract rodents)
    Greasy / oil-based items
    chemically treated items
    plastic / styrofoam and rocks will never break down
  • Things that slow down the compost process -
    pine needles
    eucalyptus leaves
    citrus peels

Kitchen compost
Kitchen compost
Stainless Steel Kitchen Compost Crock
Stainless Steel Kitchen Compost Crock

Indoor Composting

I was first introduced to a kitchen composter when visiting a friend,s home for the first time and witnessing her putting cooking scraps into a crock container on her counter. After asking what this was all about, I was given a quick education on the whole idea of composting starting indoors.

These little composts are perfect for those not wanting to make the trip daily out to the yard compost bin, or who live in an apartment and simply want to fertilize their plants and not a whole yard or garden. These little bins can be kept under the sink where your tossed coffee, tea bags, egg shells and vegie scraps will turn into rich, black compost. To help with odors and to speed up the process, many use add-in products such as filters and little heaters to keep them at the optimal temperature.

Compost Bin
Compost Bin

Composting Options

Compost Bins- Scraps dumped in a pile will decompose, but a bin is much more pleasant to look at and they will speed up the compost process by allowing in the appropriate water and air. Keeping everything contained and warm allows nature to work optimally. Large bins can hold a lot, thereby producing a lot, and you will only have to turn the pile now and then.

Worm Composters - These containers take up less room than a bin, and worms produce rich, black compost. They are ideal for those with a small yard or for those living in apartments, and pose no chance of the squirmy critters getting out. You will want to be sure that the container is in a "livable" environment, as it won't work well in freezing or very hot temperatures.

Compost Tumblers - These are compost containers that stay on their sides and are tumbled on an axis. Not turning the compost is a common failure of many starting out, and these containers make the job easy. They mix in just the right amount of air for the bacteria to work, and many have wheels so you can move the compost close to your garden for distribution.

You can choose from many variaties of compost bins.

Compost Bin
Compost Bin
Compost Tumbler
Compost Tumbler

SC-Victory Gardens on Preparation and Compost BIns


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    • lindajot profile image

      lindajot 7 years ago from Willamette Valley - Oregon

      Yeah, it's pretty convenient - I, myself just can't get past the worms; even growing up on a farm, the little guys still give me the creeps :)

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      GreenerGreener 7 years ago from

      Nice overview of the different composting options. My favorite is tumbling composters. I haven't tried the indoor composters but it looks iteresting.


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      Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      You have 5 hubs already lindajot so a great start on Hubpages. Welcome to our writing community and if you do need any more information go to the HP learning center or send me any questions and I'll help where I can. Cheers Marie, member of 'hubgreeters' team.