What Type of Composting Bin is Best for Me?

Composting is a natural process that breaks down organic matter; such as food, leaves, and grass into material which is beneficial for gardens. Though this happens naturally, the process can be helped along for a better outcome.  There are various methods for composting, such as turning units, heaps, holding units, worms, and soil incorporation. The appropriate method is based on the materials being composted, the timing and space available.

Read these tips for choosing the best composting method:

  1. Consider your budget. You can buy composting bins that suit your needs, but you can also make your own.
  2. Assess available space. You need enough space for your composting bins and may want at least one of them convenient to your kitchen for easy access. You also need to know how much garden space to compost for; this will help you determine how much compost you need and how large or how many bins to have.
  3. Make sure the bin has proper ventilation on the top and sides, with easy access.
  4. You may want to have more than one bin so that you do not over produce from one particular source, such as kitchen scraps.
  5. We recommend a composting bin that is made yourself, to fit your space, using old construction materials that would end up in the landfill.
Compost bins made from discarded palates

Simple circular bins can be made to almost any size to fit your space

If you would like to learn more about composting, come to our free work study day on March 17, 2012 from 9am – 3pm.  http://www.priorunitygarden.com/workstudydays2012.htm

For more details on composting bins, check out:  http://www.compostinstructions.com/how-to-choose-a-composting-bin/

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