The compost bin plays a part in today’s economy, as many people embrace greener living. With so many options available, anyone can start a compost pile. Regardless of whether or not you’re in a house or an apartment, you can compost.
A compost bin delivers many great options. It’s a great way to recycle and upcycle leftovers. The compost pile or bin is one of the most important tools for the organic gardener.
Our Favorite Benefits Of Composting
#1 – The kitchen will smell fresher when you’re not throwing all those food scraps or food waste into the kitchen garbage. Nothing compares to a fresh smelling kitchen.
#2 – You’ll stop contributing to the nation’s landfills and you’ll be able to save on your own garbage.
#3 – You won’t require any fancy equipment. You can actually build your own kitchen compost bin and be ready to go in no time.
#4 – When you consider the cost of your trash service and trash bags, you’ll find that you’re saving several bags of trash per week by simply composting your vegetable scraps and paper scraps.
#5 – You’ll always have fresh fertilizer for your garden. You’ll have plenty of compost to spread around for improving the fertility of the soil and other soil building needs.
DIY Compost Bin #1
Organic Gardening shares their “ultimate compost bin” (pictured above). A three-bin compost factory you can build in just a few hours.
More Composting Benefits
#6 – Composting process reduces your carbon footprint. You’ll reduce contributing to erosion, pollution or worry about the impact on the atmosphere when you elect to compost leftovers and paper scraps.
#7 – Your yard and vegetable garden will benefit from the decomposing leftovers, composting coffee ground and filters along with scraps of paper. You’ll have a gorgeous garden, lush lawn and healthier yard and trees.
#8 – You can also put yard scraps such as grass clippings or grass trimmings and tree branches as well as leaves and such into your compost to help it decompose faster. This will replace nutrients in the rich soil and help you to get a healthier yard and compost pile in record time.
DIY Compost Bin #2 Made From Pallets
This step-by-step DIY project from user kootsman at instructables.com is just what you need to continue going green. With handy pictures, informative step-by-step instructions, and an easy to follow layout, your garden and Mother Nature will thank you.
Additional Composting Benefits
#9 – Your garden soil will increase in organic matter and reduce the need for fertilizer for your yard, garden or flowers.
#10 – Compost helps aerate the soil by creating more room. Compost helps break up hard soil, clay soils and the like. This encourages better root growth and help to nourish your garden area.
#11 – Sandy soil holds more water naturally than if there wasn’t any compost. Compost actually strengthens the soil. Composting helps restore the balance of the pH to the garden soil.
#12 – It extends the growth season by helping to keep the soil warmer longer. This is ideal if you’re having an early frost or a late spring and you need a few more weeks to get your garden ready.
#13 – Create your own weed killer via your compost bin. Simply pour some “worm compost tea” on the weeds full strength and watch those weeds die back.
3 Bin Composting Station Built From Reclaimed Wood
You can purchase compost bins but they often are either too small, too old or too expensive.
This easy to build compost bin, gives you more control over the bin. Backyard Feast shares a nice 3 bin tutorial on building their version of the “ultimate compost bin”, with lots of images. The interesting thing about this project is that the compost bin frame was in fact built from recycled wood reclaimed from an old deck.
#14 – For fertilizing, you can weaken the worm tea by adding more water to the “tea” and then using that on your soil when you water your garden.
#15 – As you water your garden the water will drain more slowly and release the important nutrients into your garden so you can rest assured that your garden is well fertilized.
#16 – Compost materials become heavy as they decompose. Composting can save on landfills and the trucks transporting the compost material to the landfills.
#17 – Composting is nature’s way of helping you to save money without having to stress over where to put your leftover vegetable scraps or kitchen scraps and the leaves you rake.
#18 – You’ll save a lot of time and money by simply allowing your garden to be in a more natural state. It will be more beautiful and you’ll have less work to do once you get composting going in your garden.
#19 – Simply turn your compost piles every few days with a shovel or a pitchfork and allow the organic materials to decompose or try Grandma’s method. Once the compost has decomposed you’ll be able to add this to your yard and garden.
#20 – Composting is the perfect way to upcycle and make your garden more beautiful.
Just in case you’re wondering of other reasons to compost… Remember, it’s been called black gold and carries some interesting statistics most are unaware of.
From the infographic below a cubic yard of compost holds an estimated worth of $562. Over 60% of what we put in landfills is organic waste.
You’ll find lots of great info on properly setting up a compost bin, the benefits of composting, enriching soil, reducing emissions and cutting the use of chemical fertilizers!