What Basic Equipment Do I Need For Composting, and How Do They Work?

If you want to be environment friendly and do your best to reduce your waste, composting can definitely help you do that. Statistics show that only about 6% of waste is recycled in the US. That is not a good statistic.

There is so much that you can do to reduce your waste and composting is one fantastic way to do it. Food scraps, dead leaves, cardboard, etc. can be transformed into nutrient-rich compost that you can use in your garden or lawn. You could even sell your compost to people who need it.

You’d have actually produced something of value from stuff that was going to end up in the trash. Composting is not a difficult process once you know what to do. It’s not expensive either. After all, you’re just making fertilizer and not building a new house.

There is some equipment that you may need for the composting. You could either purchase these or make them yourself. In this article, we’ll look at some of the most commonly used equipment.

  • Compost bin

These are sold commercially. What’s important is that you get one if you’re composting food. This will prevent rodents and other pests from raiding your compost. Some people may prefer to just leave the compost in a pile or heap outside. However, this exposes the compost to the mercy of the elements and problems may occur.

Wind may blow your heap and scatter the pile. Too much rain and the pile will get soaked. You will have much more monitoring to do.

  • Compost guides

You should get a few of these and read them. Correct knowledge is crucial when composting. It will save you time, effort and disappointment.

  • Tumblers

Similar to compost bins but mounted on a frame. All you need to do is spin the drum to turn out the compost within and aerate it. It’s simple and fuss-free. Usually these drums have a handle to help you turn the drum.

  • Garden shredder

If you’re composting leaves, the process will be considerably sped up if the leaves are shredded or ripped into small pieces. While you could do it yourself, it is a hassle. A garden shredder will help to shred the leaves and create a mulch-like consistency that is ideal for composting.

  • Compost spreader

This piece of equipment resembles a lawn mower and will help you spread the compost around your lawn or garden evenly. There is a perforated metal wheel. You add your compost in the wheel and seal it. Then you push the compost spreader around the garden or yard and the compost will be evenly distributed. This is a real time saver.

  • Compost accelerator

A compost accelerator is an additive that you add to the mix. It will increase microbial activity and promote growth of bacteria. This will speed up the composting process. It is crucial to have a healthy growth of microorganisms in order for the compost to turn out well. There are no chemicals in these products, just natural microorganisms that break down the compost materials.

  • Compost containers

These little metal containers are ideal for storing your food scraps that you’ll be using for composting. They’re usually kept in the kitchen and once they’re full, you can add them to the compost mix and let the scraps turn to compost. A useful piece of equipment to keep things neat, organized and hygienic.

Now that you know what some of the basic equipment are, you should be better prepared to undertake any composting project. Start small and keep things manageable. Once you get the hang of it, you can create larger batches of compost. You can then use them in your own yard or garden or sell them to others who need compost. This is a very rewarding activity.

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Susan Peters-Chesley


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