Having a compost bin in your garden is a great way to save money and recycle. If you put in the right items, you won’t attract vermin to your bin. Choosing the right container to store your compost helps to reduce the possibility that any animal you don’t want visiting gaining access to your compost heap too. It is a great way to improve your gardens quality without spending any money.
Why Use A Compost Bin
There are many reasons why you should use a compost bin, with the top one being the benefit it will have to your garden without costing any money. Your garden produces waste that you can decompose in your own garden and then reuse this to improve the soil quality; using some household products too is a great way to improve your compost quality.
- Don’t add cooked food, meat or fish
- Add newspaper
- Toilet and kitchen roll tubes
- Fruit and vegetable peelings
- Eggshells and tea bags
When you send items to the landfill sites, the lack of air surrounding the items means they break down and release methane gas into the atmosphere, this isn’t good. If you compost this food and plant waste at home, you allow more oxygen into the mix and it breaks down the matter in an environmentally friendly way. This protects the planet and is the green way to prevent too much going to landfills helping to protect the air we breathe.
If you are living on a budget, improving your garden quality to ensure your plants grow strong and healthy, you must add compost to the ground regularly. This costs money unless you are composting your own garden and some household waste where you can use the compost you have made, it ensures a healthy balanced compost and you know exactly what you have used to make it. You also can use this compost to reduce the amount of compost that you buy; it is great for containers too. Saving money is always an important consideration in any home.
The Position Of The Compost Bin
It is important that you situate the bin in a warm spot of your garden and the base sits on bare soil, this allows the insects to gain access to the compost heap to start their work at breaking it down.
The heat inside the compost helps to speed up the process and a working compost heap doesn’t smell.
What Compost Looks Like
Understanding how the compost looks when it is ready is easy, it looks like soil, and it even smells good too. It is not going to be perfect and you might find the odd item that doesn’t look composted, this is fine. Items like eggshells can and do still look very much like shells and this is why it is important that you cut up your material before placing it in your compost bin. The smaller it is the easier it will compost down. This is true for things like tea bags; I like to break these up because I dislike finding whole tea bags in my compost. I also dislike the composting bags that you can buy, while they break down sometimes this takes longer than I like and it can look like bits of rubbish in your compost, which you have either to pick out or have this look around your garden, it is not one I like.
The whole process takes about a year to complete, but as it starts to break down you will notice that space becomes available. I haven’t the space to use different bins so I just add to the top and remove the ready compost from underneath as and when I need it.
Therefore, if you are looking to improve your garden quality but reduce the costs involved then you need to consider composting some of your waste. It is great for putting back the nutrients that your plants need to ensure they grow strong and healthy and reducing the amount of household items you send to the landfill sites.