Many people looking to live a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle may wonder how to set up a compost at home. Setting up your own at-home composting system is quite simple. You will need to select a spot in your yard, choose or bin or create your own container, add your materials (for example, leftover fruits and veggie scraps), and then consistently monitor. To learn more about waste management such as organic waste disposal and composting programs and services, contact the experts at Panda Environmental today!
Setting up a compost at home has many benefits. Many people feel intimidated by the idea of setting up their own compost at home - some people worry that it might be too 'gross' or that it will attract pests and other unwanted visitors. However, when done correctly, it is a wonderful way to add nutrients to your soil and properly dispose of your organic waste. Check out the video below to see how you can set up your own at-home compost.
In the section below, we'll go over a more thorough explanation of how to set up your own compost. If you don't have a yard or feel like your yard is too small to set up a compost bin, don't worry! There are other options for you. For example, food digestors, worm bins, and other apartment-suitable composting options are simple and easy to set up too. If you're looking for other ways to reduce waste, check out our top recycling ideas here!
There is no 'one way' to compost - everyone will have their own preferences and level of commitment. For example, some homeowners may just have a small bin in their backyard designated for yard waste and food scraps. Others will have a large composting system that requires significant maintenance and includes a wide variety of components. This guide uses the methods outlined in the Planet Natural composting guide, which is a guide for the average homeowner looking for an 'average' composting system.
Before you can do anything else, you will need to select the spot in your yard that your composting bin will go. Finding the perfect spot can be a challenge, but here are some tips to help you pick the best site:
Once you have found your perfect spot, it's time to choose (or make) your perfect bin! If you are into DIY projects, creating your own compost bin can be a lot of fun. If you are looking to make a compost bin that can hold a lot of organic material, then you may want to consider making your own wooden compost bin. These bins can be custom-made for your specific and unique needs. You can even create a wooden compost bin with multiple compartments! It's all up to you. If this sounds interesting to you, check out this great how-to guide from DIY Network!
Most homeowners, however, choose to simply buy a bin or use an old plastic container. This is because many homeowners only need a small composting container, and plastic containers require less maintenance than wood, which can rot or attract insects. You can also choose to buy a plastic (or another type of) composting container - a container that is made for home composting.
The benefits of these containers vs a regular plastic container are that you don't have to modify it at all. Simply set it in place, and go! With DIY plastic containers, you will still have to drill holes and cut pieces out of it to ensure proper aeration. If you do choose to make your own, Planet Natural recommends you create the bin to be 3x3x3 feet - you want to ensure that your pile can still generate its own heat, but isn't so big that you'll have trouble turning it.
Once your bin is ready to go, you can immediately add your materials! You'll want to start creating compost right away, and that is not too hard to do! However, there are certain things that you definitely should put in your compost and other materials that should never go in your compost! Here are a few examples of each:
It is very important to know exactly what you can and cannot put into your compost container. Materials on the "do not" list may cause a variety of problems if added. For example, cat and dog waste can contain microorganisms and even parasites that you do not want to end up in the compost that will fertilize your plants and food. In theory, meat and fish products are not bad - however, they can stink and attract many unwanted guests like rats, raccoons, skunks, foxes, and other animals. Before adding a new material to your compost, there's no harm double checking just to make sure that item will be beneficial to your compost!
Having your own compost bin does require some maintenance - it's important to realize that in order to get that high-quality fertilizer you're looking forward to, you will need to put in some effort. Although adding materials is a big part of the composting process, you will also have to monitor your compost for signs that things are going well (or not), and then maintain accordingly. Here are some things to look out for according to Planet Natural:
Creating your own compost bin at home is a bit of extra work and will require regular maintenance. However, many homeowners are beginning to see that the benefits far outweigh the small amount of extra work it takes to have and maintain a bin. Here are some of the biggest benefits you'll see if you choose to compost at home!
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