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What Composting System is Right for You? (video)

What Composting System is Right for You?

What composting system is right for you?  There’s 4 main methods for composting: dig a hole, compost bin, worms, compost tumbler.  They all have their pros and cons, so here we go:

Dig a hole – $0
+Cheap
+No maintenance
-Risk of animals/pests digging it up
-Hard to obtain any compost
-Might annoy neighbors

Compost Bin – $25+
+Cheap, easy to do it yourself for free
+Can handle large volumes
+Can thoroughly process any and all organic materials
-Unsightly?  (It’s worth it though, trust me)

Worms – $30/lb, $100+
+Works year round
+Worm castings are a great soil amendment
+Fun for educational purposes
-They need attention to ensure they’re happy
-Somewhat expensive to start

Compost Tumbler – $175+
+Secure from pests/animals
+Turning the compost is easy (although not necessary)
+Neat in appearance
-Expensive
-Limited capacity
-Attention to moisture/oxygen levels
-Lots of crappy models on the market

 

 

Do I Need More Than One Compost Tumbler? (video)

Do I Need More Than One Compost Tumbler?

Do I need more than one compost tumbler?  No!  You don’t even need one.  You don’t even need a dollar to compost at home.  It’s all a matter of choice.

How to Aerate Your Compost Bin (video)

How to Aerate Your Compost Bin

Check out this video for a good demo on ways to aerate your compost without using a pitchfork.  These methods make the most sense for someone that groans at the thought of turning compost and have a compost bin that is easy to access through the top (most are).

It doesn’t need to be fancy…

When I visited home for the holidays, I had to take a look and see what my mom’s old composting area looked like.  This really spun me out because I remember making this little frame out of cinder blocks a long time ago and it looked good.  What’s funny is that if you want to compost, you can make do with this just fine…just make space and add stuff to it in appropriate quantities.

Next to this was a nice looking compost bin…again, it does the trick.  You can add material nice and high and it stays fairly organized.  Note the slits near bottom which double as a spot to anchor it to the ground as well as provide some needed air circulation.  Way to go, mom!

To start composting, all you really need is a little space and a rough idea of what to do…that’s really it.  It can be as simple or complex as you want it to be.

The following day I got to go out into the wilderness and I found myself thinking about how much the animals would appreciate all the food scraps that people throw away, especially during the winter.  Who wouldn’t want to feed this guy?

Pile it On: 20 (questionable) Trash Types You Can Actually Compost (article)

Link: Pile it On: 20 Trash Types You Can Actually Compost

Looking for more stuff to compost?  This article is definitely worth checking out.  Some of the items may raise an eyebrow, and I’m currently in the middle of testing a good portion of them.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if some hardcore composters were annoyed by some of the stuff on this list.

In the next week or so, I’ll be posting a more thorough examination of the article.  I’m currently on a road trip and “taking a break“.  Don’t think I’m not taking pictures of waste receptacles and looking for businesses with composting options…so far, not so much worth writing about, unfortunately.