Want to known how to Compost your garden scraps with tumbling compost bin,read on.
Do you have a garden or lawn where you cultivate plants such as trees, flowers and herbs?
Maintaining it is not easy as you need to feed your plants with fertilizers every spring.
You should also mow your lawn grass regularly.
After mowing, where do you put the clipped grass?
Grass clippings can be used to cover the soil on your garden to serve as protection against certain pests.
But how about dried leaves, fallen green leaves, petals, and other scraps in your garden?
You can collect them all and put them in a trash bag and wait until the garbage collector comes to your household to collect them.
One other option is you collate them, but instead of putting them in the trash bin, you place it in a compost bin and mix it with other ingredients.
When you choose to do the latter, not only would you notice a huge difference on the budget you allocate for collecting several bags of wastes (They charge per bag of trash nowadays); but you are also making a favor to your plants, the garden soil, and the environment as a whole.
Composting is a natural process of turning your garden scraps and kitchen scraps into gold.
Well, not literally gold as black is the color of the by-product of composting—humus that is rich in nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium for the benefit of your plants and soil.
But compost pile is like gold to your garden.
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It makes the soil really healthy.
If you have problems with the quality of your soil, you can dig it up for few inches, and refill compost pile.
In time, you will see that your flowers and fruits becoming healthier.
To compost, you will need to segregate some scraps in your garden and group them as green and brown.
Green organic wastes are abundant in nitrogen which is important in composting.
Your ‘greens’ can be fresh grass clippings, weeds with pervasive root and un-bearing seeds, fresh flowers, green leaves, hair, horse manure, and cottonseed.
If you grow vegetables in your garden, you may include the rejected or rotten ones.
There is no need to feel guilty if you discard rotten tomatoes or dried celery or lettuce.
You can turn them into an organic fertilizer with a tumbling compost bin.
To prepare your brown scraps, you may accumulate autumn leaves, sawdust, hardwood wood chips or shavings, softwood wood chips or shavings, hardwood bark, softwood bark, straw, and peat moss.
The ‘browns’ are plentiful in carbon, another element indispensable when you compost.
Now, that you have the ingredients, it is time to know how much you should mix from each group.
The compost tumblers should be filled mostly with brown, than with greens.
Its standard ratio is 30:1.
That is 30 parts of the organic scrap mixture brown for every one part of green.
Bear in mind that a slight change on its measurement can alter the quality of your compost pile.
Worst, it may not turn out to be beneficial at all.
Besides nitrogen and carbon, your organic wastes need water and oxygen.
By far, oxygen is the most important.
It plays a key role to accelerating the composting process.
The more oxygen is attracted to the pile, the faster is its decomposing, which normally takes weeks, given the right conditions.
If you use tumbling compost bin, then you can be certain that your scrap mixture will be aerated properly.
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