Using a Compost Bin

There are so many interesting things that you can do to help the environment, from recycling all of your aluminum cans, to getting high efficiency showerheads. Some of these things are just hobbies that have no real benefit, but there are others that will allow you to help yourself and the environment. One of those things that can be done to help yourself and the environment is using a compost bin.

Benefits of a Compost Bin

Thousands of people have began to notice the benefits of using a compost bin. Not only is this a great way to help the environment, but these bins will allow you to reduce your overall household waste and provide your garden with valuable nutrients. Another perk is that you can start using a compost bin for barely any cost.

Helpful Hints for Use

If you do not properly use your compost bin or compost pile you may not get as much benefit from it as you thought that you would have been able to get. Sometimes they can become more of a hassle because you have done something incorrect. Make sure you pay attention to the tips below so that you can get the most out of this helpful solution.

Unless you want to attract pesky animals, you should not put meat scraps into your bin. Dog and cat poop is also not a good idea. Animals love the smell of meat and the smell of dog and cat poop, so dispose of these wastes another way. You want to keep pets and random animals away from your pile as much as possible.

You may think that branches and twigs are something good that you can throw into the pile, but that is not at all true. These can take years to biodegrade. Instead of putting branches and twigs into the pile you may want to consider chipping them up and using them as mulch.

Do you have some spoiled fruit or vegetables that you want to get rid of? These are perfect for your bin since they will biodegrade very quickly. The quicker the better when it comes to breaking down because this will allow you to get the benefits that much faster.

Shredded paper and shredded cardboard can be helpful. The reason this works in your bin is because it allows air pockets to be formed. When the air pockets are formed, it helps the waste to decompose better. Do not go overboard with the shredded cardboard and paper.

Figuring out where you want to place your compost bin has a lot to do with what you plan on using it for. If you mainly want to use it in your garden then you can have it there, if you want to mainly use it for your kitchen waste then have it nearby the kitchen for easy use. There are a few factors that may determine where you put your compost bin.

Many times people will either have two compost bins, one for their garden and one for their kitchen, or they will put it in a central location. It really depends on how big your yard is, as well as how big your compost pile is or is going to be. You know what is going to work the best for you.

Using a compost bin is a great way to make sure that you take care of the environment, but I am sure you will also see a great change in your garden. The nutrients that your garden will be able to enjoy will really make it blossom. These great benefits along with being able to reduce your overall household waste should make you see just how helpful this can be.

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