3 Composters to Help You Start Composing at Home
We’ve taken a look at a few different composters and composting tools.
Composting is a great way to make nutrient-rich soil at home with which to grow your own plants and help reduce the amount of waste you produce. The basic idea behind composting is to throw all of your organic waste into one place and allow it to decompose together. Microorganisms break up the organic matter over a period of days or months depending on the conditions of the pile. The resulting compost can be spread over the soil in your garden or planters to make a delicious meal for your plant friends.
Where do you get this organic waste? Simple! Whenever you’re working with recipes such as the ones we’ve provided on our website, for example, you always end up with stuff left over that you don’t need. Eggshells, potato peels, bones, lettuce cores, even used coffee grounds are all appropriate to throw into your compost pile. A family that’s producing healthy, home-cooked meals will never run out of things to compost! So, with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at a few different composters and composting tools and gathered them here to hopefully inspire you to try your hand at it!
Part of composting is agitating the compost or mixing it up so that the microorganisms in the middle get spread throughout the organic matter. This tumbling composter makes that easy with deep fins on its body allowing you to grip it and spin it 5-6 times every 2-3 days. It’s got two compartments so you can fill one while you use the other and have a steady stream of compost ready to feed to your garden. It’s generally meant to stay outside and is big enough that you probably won’t be able to fit it inside comfortably, but you could also put it in your garage.
While the large, tumbling composter is excellent, it does produce a bit of a smell. One of the advantages of this smaller, indoor bucket is that it comes with a charcoal filter that keeps the smell away. And besides that, it’s really cute! The intention here is to keep the bucket in your kitchen to collect all your organic waste (eggshells, banana peels, coffee grounds, etc.) and carry it out to your regular composter when it gets full. Once there, it will come into contact with all the necessary microorganisms to break it down properly. This can be done every time the bucket gets full which is usually about once or twice every week, depending, of course, on how often and how much you cook.
Vermicomposting is a special kind of composting that relies on red wiggler worms to easily break down and process any food matter you give it in about 3-4 months. This kind of composting may not be for everyone. We totally understand if you don’t want worms in your kitchen! But if you’re willing to devote the care and attention necessary for vermicomposting, the result can be very rewarding. As a matter of fact, some people find it fun to give the worms names and treat them as pets! It all just depends on your personality and preferences.
When done right, composting can be the first step in growing a magnificent garden filled with your own crop of fresh herbs and vegetables to use in your kitchen all year round. It’s the perfect solution for anyone who would like to take the protection of the environment into their own hands. And these three items are a sure way to help you get started!