Is Your Composter Ready For Winter

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Prepare Your Composter For Winter

winter garden-compostingComposters use the process of decomposition to convert organic waste into the required nutrient rich fertilizer that has to be the end product from good compost procedures. When the weather is warm this process is expedited, but lower winter temperatures can slow it down or even cause a temporary stoppage.

The center of a pile of compost can still remain warm by the heat generated by the bacteria, but outer layers of the compost will be at the mercy of the daily fluctuations in temperature. Compost needs carbon, nitrogen, air and water to aid the decomposition process, and in the winter snow and rain can cause an excess of water that suffocates the bacteria and also drives out air from the pile.

There are certain measures that you can take to ensure that your composter is not affected by the winter in a big way, by affording your composter some means of protection.

Winter Protection For Composter

You can build a roof over the composter that will prevent precipitation from snow and water affecting your compost inside the bin. Also ensure that all the area around the composter is free from water logging, by building drains around the site.

portable screen for composter in winterIf you manage to build a glass roof or a transparent roof (like a green house) the composter will get sun rays which can contribute to the decomposing process.

A protective barrier around the composter can also prevent it from being subjected to very great variations of temperature.

Get a portable screen to protect the composter from side winds.

winter composting tipsA cover over the composter can help to keep in the heat and prevent the compost pile from being affected by the winter.

There are winter covers for composters and covers for BBQ grills and for fountains.These can cover the composter when there is an extreme peak in bad weather.

Get your composter winter cover from Amazon, and protect your mixture and composter.

Do not leave the cover permanently over the composter, it needs fresh air for the bacteria to accelerate the decomposition process.

Volumes are another method that can help the compost heap to have more heat in the pile. So, before the winter sets in, make your compost pile as big as possible and if you take the other measures of preventing water logging, protecting the sides and covering the top, your compost pile will continue to work.

Double cabin composter 2Get a home composter system, which is not a ground bin or pile, these elevated composters can maintain heat and create compost even during winter.

See more on home composting systems, with tumble feature here.

Also ensure that all material that you add to the pile is shredded, as this then allows for heat to be more easily distributed. Some people also completely bury compost piles, so that the heat produced by the bacteria is retained within the pile.

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