Having a compost tumbler, a device designed for composting biodegradable substance, promises a lot of benefits to your garden and to the environment.
Considered as part of green living, composting is a process of decomposing biodegradable matter, mostly found in your kitchen, and turning it into a compost pile—black soil rich in nutrients.
The compost pile is more beneficial to your garden than most fertilizers, according to botanists and chemists.
The reason is the presence of good organisms such as worms, bacteria and fungi that break down the matter like clipped grass, table scraps, fallen leaves, rotten vegetable and fruit as well as their peeling until they are in a decomposed state, humus.
The compost pile or the decomposed state of the biodegradable material is organic mulch from which your plants in the garden can benefit a lot.
With compost, you can replace thin soil, chemically-altered soil or too acidic soil, and enable you to cultivate and grow any plant you desire.
However, it is not only during the composting period within a compost tumbler do earthworms and other good insects lurk to feed on your compostable matter.
They are cordially drawn into it even when your compost covers the soil garden.
Earthworms and other insects are effective in conditioning and maintaining plant roots.
They also continuously help your compost to advance in maturity, thereby producing abundantly essential elements like nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium that are very much a requisite of healthy plant growth.
Because compost is a natural stimuli to production of the essential elements, the use of fertilizers is at times unnecessary, which is another benefit to the environment, particularly if you prefer to use fertilizers that has toxic chemical ingredients.
Garden and kitchen garbage is a major component of landfill wastes that the whole world is currently confronted with.
However, with composting, not only are you contributing to having less landfills, but you are also helping create a healthy soil, a healthy environment.
If you have problems with pest, rodents and snakes, then composting in a tumbler is recommended as these pests and reptile shy away with compost.
Composting is successfully achieved only with a compost tumbler for few reasons.
One, the compost requires 4 elements, namely air, water, nitrogen and carbon.
While nitrogen, carbon and water are inherently provided by your compost, the oxygen needs to be lured into your tumbler.
Hence, every few days, you may have to turn your compost pile to ensure that it gets sufficient oxygen, which is undeniably laborious.
Nevertheless, with a compost tumbler, your compost may just sit on it while enjoying plenty amount of oxygen, and hence, accelerates decomposing.
Using a composter like a tumbler offers convenience if your lifestyle allocates little time working on your compost.
But you need to get the ratio right for good compost.
Two components are needed in composting, consisting of the ‘greens’ and the ‘browns.’
Your compost tumbler should be loaded with three-parts green—like grass clippings and rots of vegetable—for every part of brown—such as wood barks and chips, twigs and dried leaves.
Before the tumbler is sealed with non-rust steel or plastic, the compost should be poured with a gallon of water.
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