Composting Tips

Composting is not a new concept. Even though it's nice to think that it sprung from the eco-friendly movement and Earth Day celebrations, the process of naturally breaking down organic waste for gardening or fertilizer has been around for thousands of years.

There are several ways to compost:

The least expensive and easiest by far is passive composting. This means that you take your organic compost materials, put them in a closed container or compost bin and allow them to decompose on their own. Even though this is simple, it can take several years to create compost, so may not be the best option for many people.

Managed composting is more time intensive, but much faster. You can be involved on several levels.

Once your materials are in your compost bin, you can take the time to turn the compost on a daily or weekly basis, making sure that the nitrogen producing materials, like coffee grounds, weeds or even hair are layered with the carbon emitting products like corn stalks or cobs, cardboard or pine needles. This process of layering carbon and nitrogen emitting materials speeds up the decomposition process.

Compost tumblers make this managed process simpler. They are compost bins with attached lids on a base that can be turned on an axle. In lieu of using a pitch fork to turn your compost, you can just flip the tumbler a few times to keep the mix fluctuating.

Worm bins are another managed compost option. The worms do most of the work for you, although you have to make sure your worms, like our red wigglers, have the right conditions to live in. Click here for information on our worms.

Composting Tips:
  • Try to keep your compost moist, but not wet, to aid in the decomposition process.
  • Do not use animal or human fecal matter in your compost.
  • Maintain good air circulation in your compost bin.
  • Put your compost pile in a discrete, sunny location to keep the heat up without notifying your neighbors of that pile of rotting organics in your yard. The pile should be consistently warm.
  • Don't worry about those other bugs in your worm bin or compost pile. They're there to help.
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