Home Sweet Home Magazine - October 2021

Garden to Table and Beyond

Everything You Need to Know About Composting

the process for removing processed compost from the bin. Some composters have a hatch at the top, which allows you to fit a shovel into the unit. Others have a hatch at the bottom or front for easy dumping. If you’re DIY inclined, you can easily build an effective compost bin. Use scrap lumber, recycle fencing or decking boards, or build it with new wood. Create any style of box you want, but be sure to leave spaces for airflow. Also, give yourself an opening to remove and add compost easily.

Creating nutrient-rich soil from kitchen and yard scraps is cost effective, reduces waste and is much easier than you may think. There are endless ways to compost, and in the end, all of themwork. But there are provenmethods that will produce the best results in the shortest amount of time. So create a plan, get started, andmake this the year you conquer composting. The Compost Bin There are as many options for compost bins as there are ingredients to add. Store-bought

options are available in a variety of materials, fromwood to resin. They vary widely in price and style. If you plan to buy a composter, consider size and weight if you plan to move it from one location to another. Composters don’t need to take up much space, but if your options are restricted, you’ll want to make sure the composter fits and is convenient to access when adding or removing ingredients. Also, evaluate whether you canmix, stir or spin the contents. It’s not entirely necessary, but your compost will break down faster when it’s stirred occasionally. Finally, consider


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