Backyard Composters

Those who compost know that they can create nutritive soil for their landscaping, cut down on garbage costs, and avoid additional contributions to landfills all with a little backyard composter.

Composting in your backyard might seem daunting at first, but there are many backyard composters available these days that allow for quick setup of a functioning composter ready to biodegrade your leftover and rotten produce, coffee grounds, garden trimmings, and other degradable items. There are ready-made backyard composters that are designed to tumble and circulate the trash so it will biodegrade more evenly and rapidly. However, the tumbling element is not necessary to successfully compost in your backyard.

The DIY composter

If you are not choosing a ready-made backyard composter, you should first build out a raised area where the backyard composter will sit. This is particularly important if you have pets or if your backyard is accessible by wild animals. It is certainly not appetizing to see your unwanted, rotting food dragged around your yard by your dog or other critters. Building out a backyard compost bin from pressure-treated wood and stainless steel nails would work fine, or a plastic box could also work. A wooden box may add more natural beauty to your backyard, however, and detract from the view of the backyard compost. You should also consider placement of your composter. When built in the sun, the composting reactions will proceed more readily, allotting you more nutritive soil in less time.

The chemistry

When creating your backyard composter, you need to consider the ratio of carbon-dense (brown) materials to nitrogen-dense (green) materials. You also should consider that some items, such as meat and dairy products can cause your backyard composter to become overheated and smelly. In addition, the presence of rotting meat in a composter is likely to attract wild animals and birds. As you are adding compost, check that you are minimizing the addition of dyes or potentially toxic substances (e.g., weed killer) that could harm plants and food that is later grown in your composted soil.

Your compost bin can create organic and highly nutrient-dense soil that you can use to grow beautiful flowers and trees, or better yet, to maintain and nurture your garden. I have heard many stories about people who decided to compost their backyard and ended up saving hundreds of dollars in garbage costs, fertilizer, and produce because their compost was working for them to grow delicious and healthful fruits and vegetables. By composting, you could easily reduce your output of solid waste by more than 20%.

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