Choosing the Right Composting System to Fit Your Needs
There are many different types of composting systems that can be utilized. Various kinds of composting systems are available for purchase commercially, including the typical compost pile, trench composting, sheet composting, compost bins, worm composting, and compost tumbler systems. It only takes a few minutes to select the most appropriate system.
Before beginning your composting project, you will need to determine the composting volume you intend to undertake. Your composting goals include whether you want to compost a large amount of yard debris in addition to organic waste material from your home or whether you want to compost only kitchen scraps. Another consideration that will influence which type of system will work best for you is the amount of time you have available. For example, are you planning to use the compost as it grows during the current growing season, or are you planning to use it during the following growing season?
If you are not in a rush and want to use the compost in the coming years, you can place your compost material on the ground, with or without the use of a bin, and let the organic matter degrade naturally over time. If you want compost that you can use within a year, you’ll want to use a speedier process like worm composting or a tumbler-type device to get it there faster. Bins are also effective for producing a significant volume of compost in a relatively short period, although they are more labor-intensive to use.
A single container with sides constructed of wood pallets is a simple and inexpensive way to build a compost bin. As an alternative, you can drive four corner stakes into the ground and wrap the structure with wire mesh on the sides. Two and three-bin systems are constructed in the same manner as described above. Using the two and three bin systems makes it easier to turn the compost pile because the material may be moved from one bin to the other.
Even though professionally manufactured rotary tumbler systems are more expensive to purchase, they take up significantly less space and may create compost much more quickly than a bin system.
Trench composting is yet another type of system that can be used in conjunction with other systems. Dig a shallow trench and fill it with compost material, then bury the trench and allow the compost material to degrade naturally in the ground.
Your personal preferences will play a significant role in determining which type of industrial composting system or process is the most appropriate for your needs.
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