Composting is an earth-friendly way to dispose of tree branches, grass clippings, dead leaves and plants, and even leftover food items. Left to their own devices, these materials eventually rot and become fertilizer, but this process takes time. Composting speeds things up, and provides a rich, natural, and safe fertilizer for your yard or garden.
A compost bin is a simple compost container set up in a yard to hold grass clippings, leaves, garden material, and other matter until the composting process is complete. A garden compost bin is one of the easiest kinds of composts to build, as well as one of the least labor-intensive to maintain.
There are many kinds of composting bins available for purchase in all different materials. Some are purely utilitarian; compost bins with varied designs, including some indoor models that work in garages or sheds. Others are more decorative wooden structures.
An alternative to purchasing a composter is to building your own compost bin, which can be done using simple materials like chicken wire, wooden boards, or cinder blocks.
A large wood box can be used as a worm composter, which is an unaesthetic but effective method of composting kitchen scraps. The food waste is digested by red worms, which are placed in the box with moistened paper or cardboard materials as bedding. This method requires a certain temperature range, so it is best done in a basement or other indoor enclosure where temperature can be better regulated.
No matter which kind you choose, compost bins are an effective and relatively inexpensive way of working with nature to support your gardening and landscaping needs.