Helpful Winter Tips For Composter
Unfortunately, many people assume that snowy conditions and chilly temperature rule our composting for winter. Such people fail to enjoy the benefits of keeping a compost active year round. Keeping your compost active through the year comes with several advantages e.g. ensuring that you have fertilizer for planting in the spring. Below are some tips that will point out some easy tips in ensuring your composter is active and productive through winter:
Prepare Composter For Winter
Even though snowy conditions can slow down the decomposition process, by preparing accordingly before winter arrives can help you maintain an essential core of heat in your composter. In order to ensure that your composter will be fed the right and balanced amount of green (nitrogen) and brown (carbon) ingredients, you can gather leaves during fall and bag them. Leaves are a good source of carbon. They are a good source of carbon in winter compared to other type of “brown” fuel. When combined with the green scraps from your kitchen during winter, the leaves will ensure that there is a smile on your face when you see steam rising from your composter.
Build a Shelter For Composter
Building a roof on top of you composter can be an effective way of ensuring that it remains active during the winter. Even in very harsh cold weather conditions, a roof can significantly help in ensuring that the microbes in the compost remain active.
You can not leave the composter out in the backyard, exposed to rain and freezing and expect the bacteria to rot the ingredients at the same summer pace. Cold weather slows down the natural bacteria decaying process.
A roof will protect your composter from unwanted precipitation. You can also put a barrier that will prevent your composter from the frigid winter winds, so the air will be still. This will help keep the internal heat from escaping; hence, promoting active decomposition. Wind gusts may add new fresh oxygen to the compost mixture, but since the decaying process is slowed down during winter, a wind shelter and a rain shelter will contribute to better results.
Place the composter in a place where it will get sunlight, it needs it more than during spring or summer. A glass roof can prevent rain and snow draining on the composter, yet allowing sun rays to assist the cooking.
As you have seen in the video, a side wind shelter is essential to the composting process during winter.
Keep it Dry
Even though composter mixture should always be kept moist to ensure improved decomposition, winter snow, loads of rain can drench the mixture. This can impair the activeness of the composter because wetness can force air out of pore spaces, which might kill your bacterial buddies.
You can add a composter winter cover and create ventilation holes, so it is warm inside yet with air flow available.