Compost makes all the sense in the world, but many find the process smelly, cumbersome and difficult. But composting doesn't have to be that way! Read this Composting 101 article on the basics of home composting. First up, bin type. Composting 101 describes the advantages and disadvantages of both open bins and closed containers. Once you determine which method is best for you, remember that Warren SWCD will sell a closed container in our Annual Tree Seedling Sale!
Another comprehensive list of ingredients for your compost bin can be found HERE.
Once you decide to start composting there are a few key ideas to read up on. Keeping your compost "hot" is an important skill/art. A "hot" compost bin has the perfect mix of browns and greens, water, air and micro bugs thrown in. This composting is often called aerobic because the microbes that require air have sufficient air to live, eat and reproduce quickly. The compost pile can reach temperatures as high as 160 degrees Fahrenheit, so care should be taken. If your compost bin is working efficiently, compost can be created in several weeks.
Do not add these items to your compost bin:
- Meat, fish, animal fats
- Ashes from your grill
- Dog or cat feces
- Diseased plants
- Dairy products
Perfect uses for your compost:
- Soil building
- Garden fertilizer
- Law feeding
- Potting mix
But what if you don't have the space or desire to compost at home? That's where organizations like Compost Dayton helps out! Compost Dayton exists to make composting easy. Composting is a smelly and dirty process, but with us both the weekly experience and the payment process are simple. All you have to do is fill and set out the bucket! Every week we'll bring you a clean one and track your contributions. If you can use your compost, we bring it to you in the spring. If you can't, we'll donate it to local organic food producers. Visit Compost Dayton to learn more.
Molly Conley, Natural Resource Engineer