Sunday, August 31, 2014

#Composters: Build your own Perma Recycling Chain

Why should you be composting?

Whether you are a keen sustainable gardener or just cultivate a small flower or vegetable patch for your leisure and pleasure, you need a fertile soil to get results. Building and maintaining a compost pile is the surest and easiest way to improve the quality of your soil. A well build composter (home-made or purchased alike) with a little help of earthworms and other busy bugs, will turn you home and garden waste into a nutritious food for your plants.

Even if the soil in your garden is of great quality, remember that is being constantly used and your plants need nutrients every year. So, rule number one: no ready-made, shop-purchased miracle fertilizer provides the same quality and variety of plant-food as your compost does. The nutrients from the compost are available gradually and are taken by the plants as they need them. Nobody likes to be force-fed! Unlike a ready-made fertilizer, the compost cannot be overdosed!
Rule number two:  your compost helps to protect your plants. It teems with life! Microorganisms, enzymes and natural antibiotics that are created and live in your compost prevent many soil pathogens. They also help regulating the pH of your soil. Earthworms that grow and feed on your compost, will improve the structure of your soil - they dig little tunnels that help air and water to reach the root system of your plants.
Rule number three: there is never enough compost in your garden! Composting is a process, that you have to implement everyday, make it part of your life, become a macro-ring in a micro-cycle chain!

Start composting in your kitchen: at least 20% of your everyday waste being vegetable peelings and other organic matter can be recycled in this way, both cutting your expenses for bin collections and  
improving the quality of the soil in your garden later in the season. For convenience, we have been using a small garden composting bin for our household green wastes, before merging the composting matter in a main compost in our garden. Now, we discovered these fantastic in-door composters! They look cool (you can choose a design that suits your interior) and keep bad smell away. They are also great gift ideas for any keen gardener or eco-friendly cook! (click the image for more details and direct purchase)

Farmhouse Compost Pail; 1-1/2 gallon (6-quart) capacity.
Its deep lid creates a tight seal
and a 5-1/2" carbon filter keeps odors at bay

This beautiful Green Stoneware Compost Crock can be can kept right on the kitchen counter. An activated charcoal filter in the lid traps odors, and it's dishwasher friendly 
Stationary compost bins

The simplest garden solution is to build a wooden or wired container for your waste. If you have a little orchard in your garden, you may be interested in this wire composter. You may use it as an intermediary container in your composting process. Dry leaves provide carbon-rich material that you should mix with all sorts of freshly pulled weeds, grass, over-ripe or rotting fruits and vegetables and kitchen wastes that are rich in nitrogen (click the image for more details and direct purchase). 
Bin Wire Composter, holds 48 cubic feet of leaves, grass clippings and garden waste

If you want to keep your garden tidy and are fed up with a traditional open compost, you can get started with this eco-friendly bin as the best replacement. It works in the same way and is rather cost-efficient.

Eco Stack™ Composter 

If you want a larger and more sophisticated tool, this weather-tight, insulated composter will do the trick. It keeps your kitchen scraps and garden waste completely contained - no bad smell in your back yard - while it converts them into nutrient-rich compost for your plants. When using stationary composters, remember to put your waste in layers - some fresh green material, covered with dry leaves or straw and eventually some soil. To build an active compost pile, include more dry material that is carbon-rich and a lesser amount of high-nitrogen fresh wastes.

Aerobin® Composter

Batch composting is the fastest and most efficient way to produce high quality compost. How to use them? Fill the container with kitchen scraps and yard waste (remember to mix fresh and dry material, such as dry leaves or straw - alternating those is essential in compost production. Add water if needed to moist the mix), then stop adding materials and let it "cook," turning it every few days to speed up the decomposition process. The tumbling process speeds up composting as it mixes ingredients and incorporates air. The organic material breaks down faster that it would in a stationary bin. After a few weeks, you will have your compost ready - spin the bin and get it out!

Here you have two tumbler composters to compare (click the image for details and direct purchase). each is made of high quality fully recycled plastic. They are great for small gardens and kitchen scraps:
Back Porch ComposTumbler®

Compost Tumbler
If you need to process a larger volume of garden and kitchen waste - choose this monster. This batch composter has the largest capacity of any on offer—a whopping 22.4 cubic feet. The drum sits 27" off the ground for easy loading and unloading.


...and last but not least, have a look and consider dual-batch composting. Dual-batch composters operate on the same principle as the singe-bin ones, but are twice as much efficient. When one batch of your compost is "cooking", you can start adding new scraps to the other side. When the first batch of compost is finished, remove it and repeat the process. Definitely, one of our favourites!
Here we present two models: for small and big requirements:

This Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler is a bestseller and great value for money!
Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler
...but if you need something bigger, get this Mantis ComposT-Twin composter that holds a total of almost 25 cubic feet
 Mantis ComposT-Twin composter 

How to use a dual compost tumbler by Gardner's Supply company -  mini-tutorial:


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