Composting, or using organic waste as fertilizer instead of sending it to the landfill, is a huge benefit and a natural way to improve our environment. Instead of burning trash or sending it to the many landfills that cause toxic waste, it is much more beneficial to use it as fertilizer in a garden or planting/forest area.
Why the waste?
Up to one-fourth of all landfill waste could have been used for compost or put back into the soil. This is huge to think about how a natural solution can help the earth we live on and can save the health of many in our world. Putting the organic waste back into the soil will help create nutrient rich soil and it also greatly improves the production of edible plants and food to eat.
The infamous problem of the greenhouse gases could be greatly reduced through composting. Landfills are one of the leading causes of the problem of toxic methane gases which erode at our air and cause health problems for many.
A healthier and more natural alternative to burning trash, which creates toxic air:
- The composting of organic materials will allow for better air quality.
- Fertilizer also acts as a natural pesticide, thereby drastically cutting the harmful effects of chemical pesticides which are deadly.
Less soil erosion
- This is crucial, as a huge amount of the earth’s soil has been dried of all vital nutrients. What this leads to is our water sources becoming polluted, so this sheds light on how important it is to have good soil, as this leads to a healthy water source which is vital to life.
Making your own compost bin with style
Now that you know the crucial, life-giving reasons for transferring your trash to compost, let’s explore how to make your own compost bin! While it may take a little effort, there are options and the results will more than make up for your time.
It can be simple or complex; you can even make your compost bin from recycled and re-useable materials for an even greener approach to this natural solution!
Different Style Bins for Every Need
- Plastic Container Option for those interested in smaller sized compost bin or to test it out
- You can use a plastic storage container for your compost bin if you are not ready to commit to a full sized compost bin. This is an easy project that will give you a compost bin to use in a very short time. The bin needs a lid and if it is possible, you can use two lids to prevent the liquid from spilling out that could be used to add nutrients to the soil.
- Prepare the bin by drilling holes in it.
There needs to be air circulating to help the waste decompose at a more rapid rate. They can be any size as long as they are 1-2 inches apart. Drill the holes on all sides, as well as on the bottom and on the lid itself too.
- Choose a convenient spot for your compost bin
This is a smaller sized bin, so you can choose where it best fits with your purposes and preferences. If you don’t have an outside garden area, you can put it on your patio, porch or balcony. You can put it right outside your kitchen door if space allows or near your vegetable garden so that as you weed and trim, you can throw the waste right in. If you want it out of the way and out of sight, the garage or storage shed may be the right place.
- Wire Mesh Only Bin
All you need is what the title says! Roll up your wire mesh bin and use wooden stakes for its shape. Use string ties or wire to connect the ends together.
- Enclosed Wooden Compost Bin
David Gleason’s elegant handmade style is one sure to please any craftsman or craftswoman. With classic red cedar, this bin looks sharp and also is highly functional. A simple frame design allows for space for air to be evenly distributed throughout the unit. The other hardware you will need includes gate hinges and deck screws.
Two separate containers will be needed to make this bin. Make sure the single lid has enough spacing between each slat for the water to go through. Reinforce the wooden slat with an additional slat to be sure the weight is evenly distributed. Finally, use a cord or chain to secure the bin if you’d prefer an easier way to connect the lid with the frame.
How to use and maintain your new bin!
- Start using and filling the bin
Think of your bin as a regular compost pile. You can throw in leaves, weeds, egg shells or fruit and vegetable peels. You can also add weeds from the garden or coffee grounds or tea bags or grass clippings after mowing the lawn.
- Check and maintain the bin
Be sure not to let the bin get out of control. Every couple of days or so, you can check it and give it a quick shake to ensure it is getting enough air. If the waste inside is too moist or wet and starts to cause an odor, you can simply add dry grass clippings, leaves, weeds or dry shredded newspaper. If it becomes too dry, you can add fruit or vegetable remains or a spray bottle to add a little moisture. Balance out the dry and moist things added to the bin for a simple method of upkeep.
Using your bin for harvest
The best way to get the nutrient rich soil you are after is to run the contents through a compost sifter. This will prevent large pieces from getting in the way and can be removed from the finished compost and placed back into the bin. Once the compost is refined and crumbly, it will appear dark and can be used to add the much needed nutrients to the soil in your planting area outside.
The reasons for choosing to compost and send organic waste back to the soil are apparent and crucial; this is a life-altering decision as it can save lives and create a safer, healthier and greener earth for us all. There are a variety of options for every preference and style to create what works for you! Now that you have chosen the best bin and know the steps to create what works for you and how to maintain it, it’s time to get started to a greener world and it begins with this first step!