Choosing the Compost Bin that is right for you.

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The right Compost Bin for you.
40% of household waste from the average house can be turned into compost! That means less landfill. Better quality soil in your garden and you are saving money as you don't have to buy fertilizers. Just choose the right Compost Bin and you can get started straight away.

First Things First
1) Choose the right compost bin for your family and your sized garden..
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2) where to situate your compost bin
3) What you can and can't put in your compost bin
4) Using the compost you have made.

3 Main Types of Compost Bins
OPEN Compost Bin: 4 sides of open ventilated wood, a bit like a box without a lid. Often made from wood just add suitable material in at the top. This type of compost bin takes the longest to make compost, as the compost doesn't get warm quickly and you will have to turn the compost with a garden fork to add air. I use this to make leaf mold,(Autumn leaves left to rot) this takes up to 2 years.
CLOSED Compost Bin: Made from plastic usually and will have a lid. The advantage of this type of compost bin is that the contents get warm and rot quicker. You can have compost in 6 to 12 months. Some bins have a door at the bottom which means you can take small amounts of compost out of the bin a bit at a time.
TUMBLE Compost Bin: Usually made from plastic. Fill with waste you have been collecting and then every tow weeks you tumble the compost with the handle. This mixes the compost, spreads the warmth adds air and you can have compost in as little as 10 to 12 weeks.

Choosing the Compost Bin that's Right For You
TUMBLER COMPOST BINS: Collect enough suitable material to fill the bin (See article on "" on what is suitable material) . Then at least fortnightly use the handle to turn the Compost Bin and tumble the contents. This adds air, evens out the warmth and keeps the contents moist, all helping to speed up the brake down of material into compost.
o A good sized garden/household that makes a lot of suitable waste might find it advisable to combine tumbler compost bin with a closed compost bin. This means you have somewhere to store your waste while the tumbler is making compost quickly. You can then transfer the content of your closed compost bin into the tumbler compost bin after it is empty, speeding up the time it takes to make compost, this can take as little as 3 months.

CLOSED COMPOST BINS: Are keep the compost area tidy and are easy to fill, because they have a lid. The compost bins are open at the bottom to let excess liquid drain away. They don't take up much space and are more proficient at making compost than open bins. With Closed Compost bins you can keep adding more material as the old material rots. Small quantities of compost can be removed from the bottom of the compost bin if the bin has a hatch in it. It takes between 6 months and a year to make compost this way.

OPEN COMPOST BINS: are easy to fill, just throw it in. You can put some plastic sheeting over the top to stop the content from being blown way. To help the material to rot it is best to turn the material over regularly with a garden fork; this adds air and helps with the rotting process. I am too lazy for this and use my open bin to make leaf mould. Just fill it will autumn leaves (not evergreens), keep it wet and forget about it, now that's easy! Autumn leaves can take up to 2yrs to rot down so shouldn't be used in large quantities when making compost in either a Closed Compost Bin or a Tumble Bin. This is the best way to rot autumn leaves and saves burn them.

I hope this helps with selecting the right kind of Compost Bin and that you get started straight away on making your own compost. I find the whole compost making experience very satisfying and it's something the whole family can join in, encouraging the children to take saving the planet seriously.
About the Author
Hi I am Karen and my interests are around having a full life surrounded by friends, family and doing things that please me. I would like to share my love of gardening, composting, looking after the wildlife in my care and doing my bit to make the planet a better place.

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