Learn About Compost Bins
1. Composting isn't scary, but it often takes some trial and error because every yard is different. You'll quickly be an expert once you give it a few tries. Remember, you used to throw it all out anyway.
2. Composting is a process in which certain types of food matter - fruit rinds, vegetable stalks, leafy greens, etc. - are mixed in a compost bin or compost tumbler with healthy yard waste to create nutrient rich soil (or, in the composting parlance, "black gold").
3. Turning compost mixes the dirt and aerates it, greatly speeding the process. A compost bin requires contents to be manually turned, while a compost tumbler offers a hand-crank to mix contents.
4. A garden compost bin offers a more hands-on approach to composting. Some owners enjoy the therapy and exercise they get from tending their compost. It's a good idea to place your garden composter in a spot that's easy to access. That will make getting rid of all those lawn clippings less of a hassle.
5. Compost towers provide busy homeowners the opportunity to compost without the commitment required to tend compost tumblers. The hand-crank mixing process takes just a few minutes. We carry an extensive selection of worm compost bins in stacking tower forms.
6. Typically, a worm composter has a built-in compost tea collector, which catches this runoff from compost materials. Tea collectors may have to be purchased separately for compost tumblers. Our worm compost bins from The Worm Factory all have these tea collection bins built right in.
7. You are no longer left out because you have no yard. Kitchen composters work indoors, turning up to 100 pounds of food scraps and coffee grounds per month into dense, rich potting soil. No stink - if anything, it smells like sourdough.
8. Organic matter is essential to creating healthy, usable compost in a kitchen compost bin - most of what you need you can find in your own kitchen. A popular kitchen composter we carry is the NatureMill composter.
9. Usable food scraps for kitchen composters include fruit rinds, leafy greens (such as lettuce) and vegetable stalks. Coffee grounds are also an excellent choice for your indoor composter because they create heat in the compost pile.
10. Never add meat or dairy products, including bones, to your compost pile. The fats and oils will attract animals and pests to your garden composter, and they'll cause an unsavory odor both inside and out.
11. Round out your compost pile with nitrogen-rich grass clippings, leaves, and non-diseased weeds and plant remnants. An inexpensive mulching blade works on any mower to chop grass and leaves into fine bits perfect for garden mulch or your composting bin. No more bagging!
Find more information in our Compost Bin Helpful Information section!