Indoor composting is an option even for those without a garden. A worm composting bin or bokashi bucket can help reduce the strain on our landfills and provide you with a source of rich nutrients for your houseplants or garden.
They also make it possible to compost year round even when our outdoor compost bins are shut down because of cold weather.
Why Buy Compost Bins?
You could build an open compost pile or basic open bin yourself, assuming you have the room but these have many disadvantages.
First they are slow at making compost. Rodents and other undesirable animals could pose a problem. Your neighbors may complain about the smell. Finally there is the chore of turning them with a garden fork which can be strenuous.
You can find plans for your own worm composter or bokashi bucket for sure but they will likely not work as well as an engineered product and in some cases may not work at all.
It is often cheaper, faster and easier in the long run to buy compost bins since they are available in a variety of styles, sizes and designs and will outperform an open compost heap or pile or bin. In the case of indoor composting you will want something designed to be odor free. Finally, not everyone is handy or has the time for a DIY project.
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Bokashi composting is the totally natural and revolutionary way to deal with your kitchen waste. It is an anaerobic process that uses bacterias,yeast and other microbes to break food down without odor.
Developed in Japan, the word bokashi means fermented organic matter. The finished product has a sweet pickled smell to it and the process is similar to making what farmers call silage
It is fast and unlike worm composting it can handle meat and dairy products which is a great benefit.
Rolling compost tumblers are simply rolled to aerate the compost every few days. This speeds up the composting process and eliminates the need for an aerator or garden fork. They keep the elements and animals out, provide odor control and other than giving them an occasional roll in the yard are low maintenance. The main disadvantage is they can get heavy and hard to roll as they fill.
Compost tumblers on the other hand are designed to turn easily. Because they don’t need to be rolled around they use less space. Because of their design and ease of use they can handle and process larger amounts of compost which makes them a popular choice among gardeners. The only disadvantage is because they are more sophisticated in design they are more expensive.
Enclosed composting bins offer some advantages over an open bin. They are not unsightly like an open bin or pile.
They are enclosed which helps keep animals out and provides some protection from the elements and some odor control.
They are compact which makes them a good choice where space is limited. They offer the advantage of limited maintenance.
Their main disadvantage is they are relatively slow unless aeration is provided.
We offer a selection of books on composting ranging from very basic to books for those who want something more scientific in nature.
Maybe you fancy yourself becoming a worm farmer or have acreage and want to ramp your composting up on a larger scale. You will find the information you need here.
Got a vacation home? Maybe you need another toilet at home but have problem hooking to a septic tank or sewer line.
Composting toilets can be a real problem solver and take many forms. Some use no water at all while some use small amounts. They are mini on site waste treatment plants that produce pathogen free compost.
These are not like your average portapotty by any means. They actually can give off less odor than a conventional toilet. That is because they provide an enclosed environment where aerobic composting can occur. All composting toilets inject air to speed the composting process up. Some have mixers and heaters to optimize decomposition. Many use worms or other micro and macro organisms.Some composting toilets are self-contained units while others empty into a remote holding tank located in the basement or even outside. They can run on as little as 12 volts or regular household current.
We have a variety of specialized composting tools and composting aids including thermometers, aerators and compost additives like starters and accelerators.
If you want to speed up your compost pile red worms can help. If you want a worm composting bin you will need a starter batch of red worms. Don’t try to save money by getting worms from a bait shop. There are many species of worms and not all make compost. Get your worms from a worm farm that specializes in raising disease free worms for composting
Kitchen composters are made in a variety of styles and for a variety of uses. Some are simple plastic buckets designed to temporarily hold scraps until they go in a compost bin.
Others are more decorative and designed not to look like they hold kitchen scraps. Some more sophisticated kitchen composters are designed to completely process kitchen waste indoors and many have features to help them remain odor free.
Rain barrels are a great way to save and conserve rainwater for your garden. You might be amazed at just how much water comes off your roof when it rains. Some rain barrels are designed to simply store water and come with a simple spigot.
Some rain barrels are hybrids that are a combination rain barrel and compost tumbler designed to make compost and compost tea simultaneously.
Worm composting bins are in a class of their own. These versatile units use red worms to help speed up the composting process. They are compact and generally odor free. They can be used both inside and out and are an ideal solution for those with limited space.
Worm compost bins are a great way to get rid of kitchen scraps and paper and they offer year round composting. Those living in apartments can now make their own compost for their plants. Worm bins require little maintenance once set up and are easy to care for. The only disadvantage they have is keeping the temperature from getting too cold or hot. They need to be kept above 40 degrees and below 80 degrees. Many users keep them in the kitchen, a garage or a basement with great success while others move them inside and out with the seasons.