Would you like to reduce the amount of waste you contribute to landfills and help make your garden greener come spring? Studies show that the average family can reduce the amount of waste they add to landfill overcrowding problems by 140 pounds per person every year just by composting! All of the compost that you produce can help you grow a greener garden, too.
It’s truly never too early to begin making compost for the upcoming growing season. You can begin putting your kitchen scraps to work right now. Read on to discover some composting ideas for beginners and masters.
Beginners: Getting Started in the Kitchen
If you’ve never composted before, a Bokashi kitchen composting bin is the ideal way to ease into the process. You can purchase a specially designed composter that sits on the counter top or under the sink. Instead of putting your food scraps in the garbage disposal or trash, you add them to the bin and let them sit. Our Countertop Kitchen Composter includes fermented bran or Bokashi, which aids in the breakdown of food scraps to help you produce compost quickly. Liquid plant food comes out of a spout at the front for your container garden, and you can empty the solid compost into an outdoor bin when it becomes full. Don’t worry about smells! These composters have airtight lids to lock them in.
Masters: Going Large Scale
Got some experience composting in your kitchen? If you’re ready to expand your composting efforts, you can use a tumbling composter like our Back Porch Compost Tumbler to keep things simple. This composter can have up to 37 gallons of compost ready for use in 4 to 6 weeks. Just load it with your food scraps and rotate the spinning drum once every day. If you want to be able to produce even more compost at one time, you can choose a traditional outdoor composting bin like our Cedar Garden Composting Bin, which can hold more than 160 gallons. To really go large scale, you can place two of these bins side by side and move your compost from one to the other as it matures.
Enhancing Your Compost
Compost on its own is great for the garden but those who want to really know how to compost like a pro can go the extra mile by mixing their compost with pumice rock. A natural igneous rock, pumice helps to improve soil aeration, enhances moisture retention and promotes a proper pH balance to help plants grow their best. Typically, a ratio of 90 percent compost and 10 percent pumice rock granules is ideal for the backyard garden.
Now that you’ve gotten some tips on how to compost, you’re ready to get started. Shop the composter and compost bin options at WindowBox.com and find the perfect solution for your needs. If you start now, you’re sure to have an ample supply of compost ready for use in plenty of time for your spring planting.