Winter Preparation Tips for the Composter

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Helpful Winter Tips for Composter

winter garden-compostingUnfortunately, 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 you in the right direction 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 bad them. Leaves are a good source of carbon. 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.

You can add more “brown” carbon rich leaves, to slow down the process and prevent odors, or add more nitrogen “green” materials which will accelerate the bacteria munching up the mixture.

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. When there are rainy days, a roof can significantly help in ensuring that the microbes in the compost remain active. A roof will protect your compost pile from unwanted precipitation. You can also put a barrier that will prevent your compost pile from the frigid winter air conditions. This will help keep the internal heat from escaping; hence, promoting active decomposition.

It is not recommended to put the composter in the garage, though when the composting mixture is right no odors are expected, in most cases some unpleasant smell may exist. Keep the composter in a slightly ventilated place, like a garden shed, or under a gazebo. If it gets direct rain, the water will suffocate the microorganism which are in charge of composting 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.

Portable Double Chamber Composter

Twin Cabin ComposterThe best solution to keep getting fresh compost for your soil and garden, is a portable twin chamber compotser. These composters have two chambers, one which is in the process and another to help you collecting the organic scraps.

They are smaller than the regular large composters, but the large ones are difficult to  move around, and will probably be out in the rain and snow th whole winter. The portable dual chamber composters can be moved and used nearly under any shelter you can manage.

If you do not have a portable twin chamber composter – get one here. When used correctly it can make the compost in as little as two weeks.

For faster results those who understand in the “chemestry” of composting turn and tumble the composter around every few days, so more oxygen will feed the bacteria which breaks down the carbon and nitrogen – faster.

Get a dual chamber tumbling composter for your backyard, enjoy faster composting without extra efforts.

Cover Composter For Winter

There are special covers for composters to keep them dry and secure from wet and frozen season elements. Many people in the northern part of the country, know the ground is going to be wet and frozen, the air temperature will drop eventually below freezing point and the composting process is slowed down so much, it is not worth waiting. Winter covers for composters are available at Amazon for the large composters, those which are difficult to move.

So the best solution would be to cover the composter, just like you would cover your backyard grill, and cover the patio furniture to protect them from harsh winter weather.

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