Collection: home composters
Nowadays, more and more of us are choosing to live according to the idea of less, or zero waste. We are increasingly trying to reduce waste production. However, it is worth remembering that garbage is not just metal, glass or plastic. About 30% of household garbage produced is vegetable waste, including eggshells, tea grounds and vegetable peelings. Organic waste also includes cut grass, leaves or wilted flowers. Plant leftovers can be reused, and a home composter will help in this task. The composting process is a great way to get rid of waste and produce natural fertilizer.
What is a home composter?
A home composter is a container designed for organic waste. We can throw into it:
- cut grass,
- The skins of fruits (including citrus fruits) and vegetables,
- ornamental plant waste,
- wilted plants.
Please note that bones, animal feces, paper, cigarette butts, fabrics and spoiled food cannot be thrown into the composter.
Nutrients and plant components through aerobic decomposition form compost, which is a natural fertilizer.
To obtain a valuable fertilizer from plant waste, certain rules must be followed. Namely, the first layer that performs the drainage function, which should be at the bottom of our home composter, is shredded branches. The next level of compost is peat or soil from the garden. The arrangement of the other layers is arbitrary. However, it is worth ensuring that after each successive addition of ingredients, the entire contents are mixed very well. In addition, it should be sprinkled once in a while with soil, whose task is to absorb excess moisture. The finished fertilizer in the composter should be slightly moist, so it is important to water it regularly with water, especially on hot summer days.
To speed up composting, you can use a special mix that includes probiotic bacteria or add earthworms to the compost.
Natural fertilizer - the most important information
The valuable fertilizer from the composter is ready after a year at most. We can recognize its readiness by its pleasant smell (an unpleasant smell means that the compost has been poorly prepared) and by its texture, which is deceptively similar to soil. Compost, also called the black gold of gardeners, should not crumble or stick to your hands. At the bottom of the compost pile may appear liquid, which contains very valuable components, so it is worth watering plants with it after diluting it with water.
Where will a home composter work?
When deciding to set up a private home composter, we can purchase a ready-made bin, make our own or create a compost heap.
- Home composter in the garden (heap)
This type of composter can be used in both a large garden and a small plot. It does not require the purchase of additional containers. Backyard composting involves layering waste to form a pile directly on the ground. Unfortunately, open composters are not very aesthetically pleasing, so they are recommended for people who have a garden and can place them in a place sheltered from human sight.
Self-made home composter
We can also put a composter in the garden, which we will make ourselves. It is certainly an economical solution that works well in large gardens. Many people make composters from pallets. Unfortunately, this is a perishable material, and changing weather conditions can destroy it.
We can learn exactly how to make a home composter from instructional videos posted on the Internet.
- Container for organic waste in the kitchen and on the balcony
For those without a garden or those who want to store fertilizer in the apartment, in the basement or on the balcony, a plastic composter is the best solution. It can be purchased at garden stores, among others. A small home composter has a lid. This type of composter is the ideal solution for getting rid of plant or vegetable scraps. It is most often chosen for its aesthetics, which do not disturb the interior design. It can also be easily moved from place to place.
Other type of composter for organic waste
Among the types of containers for organic waste, there are also rotary composters. Most often they are made of plastic, in the form of a barrel. The container is suspended on a special rotating structure, which allows for easy mixing, draining excess moisture. Thanks to it, the composter provides an adequate supply of air, and the decomposition process is faster.
Size and price of composters
When it comes to a composter, the size can vary. Small composters usually have 200 to 300 liters of yttrium and are ideal as kitchen composters. Thanks to them, we can easily get rid of plant scraps, and the fertilizer inside is enough to fertilize the home vegetable garden. If you are keen on organic farming, it is worth buying a container with a capacity of more than 1,000 liters, and owners of very large gardens can get a composter of more than 1,600 liters.
A home composter is not expensive to buy. Its prices start from as low as PLN 200. They depend primarily on its size, and are also affected by the materials used.
Why choose a plastic composter?
We mainly offer plastic composters. They make the decomposition and composting process fast and easy. Plastic is an extremely durable material that provides adequate tightness and durability. The advantage of a composter made of plastic is that the decomposition processes occur quickly. This is because the home composter heats up faster and increases the decomposition of organic matter. As a result, we can enjoy natural fertilizer - compost - faster. In the plastic composter we can throw coffee and tea grounds, vegetable and fruit peelings, wilted plants. As we have already mentioned, pet feces are prohibited for composting. A plastic home composter is a good way to compost scraps both indoors and outdoors.
If you want to help the environment, incorporate green solutions in your home, and make your own fertilizer for your plants, start composting!
In case you have never used this solution before - ask us for details, and we will certainly dispel all your doubts.