Compost Bins are an integral part of modern farming. In previous generations, the household waste generated from one's kitchen was buried in a backyard compost pile, often a very large one. This waste was often left to decompose in the sun, creating a smelly, stinking mess. The idea of a self-sufficient compost pile had not yet been realized. Today, with more options available for outdoor and indoor use, a compost bin is for every kind of household and lifestyle. There are small ones designed to be used in the home, and larger industrial models designed for commercial use.
Smaller containers designed specifically for the home use are suitable for garden beds. They come with their own portable heating units and water tanks, making it easier for users to keep them warm during cooler months. Home compost bins have the ability to be emptied quickly, either manually or via the use of a waste collection and diversion system. These devices are usually made out of metal, plastic, or polyethylene, and cost about $20. For smaller gardens that generate a small amount of organic waste, a simple stack of garden bags filled with organic waste will suffice.
Large compost bins that can be set up in the kitchen garden area are very useful, since they can be used to compost kitchen leftovers, juices, meats, and dairy products, as well as any leftovers from the kitchen. The lid of this unit is designed to allow complete air circulation, while keeping animals out to prevent unpleasant odors. This kind of unit usually comes with both a heating and water source, making it possible to maintain temperatures as well as maintain organic levels. A large compost bin with a wide opening on top is also useful for picking up and moving waste from one end of a kitchen to the other.
Compost bins for the homestead are also available with a top opening, allowing even greater ease of movement and cleaning between composter and garden. These kinds of units also have an extending handle on the bottom, and often have two handles on either side of the bottom opening that allow the user to easily move the bin from one area of the garden to another. Whether a compost composter is needed for a home garden, a small patio garden, or a large outdoor cedar or wooden container, it is important to choose the right type, size, and design for the intended purpose.
Most compost bins today come in one of two basic designs – those that are most often made out of steel or plastic, and those that are most often made out of metal. Both types of units are relatively inexpensive, but their primary differences are in how they operate and the materials that they can hold. Steel compost bins can generally hold a larger volume of organic matter than plastic compost bins, though it should be noted that some models are designed to hold more. Plastic compost bins tend to be less efficient at creating a larger yield of organic matter, while being less expensive to purchase. Regardless of what compost bin you buy, be sure that it will provide you with ample room to work, as well as easy mobility and access for cleaning.
For those who are new to composting, it is advised that they invest in a sturdy compost bin that can be used over again. There are many designs and materials to choose from, including those that are meant for single compartments, double compartments, and even bins with lids or doors. The most important aspect of choosing a compost bin is making sure that it is large enough for your desired composter, as well as one that is comfortable to use and store. One thing that should always be remembered is to purchase bins that are easy to clean, as not only will this make the process more convenient for you, but it will also keep your compost pile clean and safe from rodents and insects. It is also recommended that all plastic compost bins be sealed to help protect the contents from direct sunlight and moisture.
Many new to the subject of composting have decided to go the cheap way and purchase a readymade compost bin. While this may seem like a good idea, simply because it is cheaper doesn't mean that it is a good choice. The compost heap that you are hoping to create would be ruined within just a few months of having this composter's full grown. The reason being that there is no way to predict exactly how much waste you will be producing, and also no way to measure the amount of organic matter that you plan on disposing of. So while buying a cheap bin might seem like a good idea, try to wait until you get the hang of composting and know exactly what you need to store in your composter before you invest in a readymade product.
One thing that is always advised when learning about composting is that you keep any clippings, or bits of waste that you would otherwise manually dispose of, in a sealed plastic bag. This can be very helpful, as it will allow you to easily collect any clippings that break down, for example from kitchen scraps. Once you are ready to start preparing your compost pile, it is a good idea to start getting familiar with what types of materials you will need to store, as it can get expensive very quickly.