How To Be Successful at Home Composting
Composting is a great way to keep your family’s organic waste out of the landfill. There are variety of different composting methods available. The type that is best for you depends largely upon how much money you have to invest, how much space you have and how much time you want to spend on the composting process. Here are some tips for successful home composting to get you started.
Pick Your Type Of Composting Method
Determine which style of composting is right for your lifestyle.
Aerobic composting, also sometimes called hot composting due to the fact that the bacteria feeding on the organic matter in the compost pile raise the temperature of the pile, requires the most work since it needs to be turned regularly. However, it is also one of the fastest methods, with matter being broken down in less than 30 days in most cases.
The most recommended way would be to get a tumbling home composter. These have been a huge success in America the last few years, because they allow people to make compost at home with no hassle and no need for large bins, garden tools and smelly work.
With the new composter, you add the waste mixture into one of the chambers, and let it decay with the bacteria getting enough oxygen and heat. There is not too much to know about creating the mixture, all organic matter decays and rots eventually.
The right “recipe” is keeping a ratio of 2-3 buckets of ‘brown’ carbon rich materials like leaves and lawn waste for each bucket of kitchen waste, which is called ‘green’. So as long as there is 2-3 ‘browns’ for each ‘green’ you will probably succeed.
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Anaerobic composting is the simplest method that requires the least amount of work. You just throw things in a pile and let nature run its course. The only downside to this method is that it takes a lot longer for the material to break down – typically anywhere from one to three years.
For this you need a large compost bin, or a part in your yard in which you dump all the waste and let it rot in a ‘slow cooking’ process. You can speed up the process by covering the pile with large covers so it does stay moist and not dry in summer, and does not get soaked in winter. As mentioned before everything organic will compose eventually.
Vermicomposting – The final method uses worms or bugs to compost the material. This is generally a good middle of the road option in terms of both speed and time commitment. Most people will find this method gross, and get disgusted from a pile of worms.
There are rather new systems, which include a few trays in which you add your organic waste, and let the worms live and reproduce.
You can get the worm factory set (see image) and begin your composting in no time. Worm composting has many benefits: It requires very little space, it can be done indoors, it has no bad smell like regular composting and much more.
You also need to think about how much space you have. If you live in a tiny apartment, the type of home composting that is best for you is going to be far different than if you live on a large farm.
By carefully considering how much time you want to commit to the composting process and how much space you have, you can do your part to keep unnecessary waste out of your local landfill.
For those with a front or back yard, the tumbling composter would be the best choice. It’s easy to maintain, clean and requires no prior knowledge. You can make your first pile of fresh compost with in a month.
For those who live in an apartment, the Vermicomposting method is the best choice, with the home worm factory system, everything is ready for clean home composting. It requires 10 minutes per week, and you can create very fast your compost for plants and garden.