Seasonal considerations for composting

Posted by Tn Nursery on 18th Sep 2014

Composting is almost a necessary step for organic gardening. It can aid in fertilizing and mulching your garden. If it is new to your use a compost bin or barrel, it helps to be well informed on some of the seasonal details that will aid you in knowing about composting. Most gardeners who are new to organic gardening and composting don’t start knowing everything. For instance, most people who use compost know that compost materials will process at a much faster rate in the late spring and into the warmer fall months. It is because composting relies on heat to help the process along. The process of composting produces its heat, however, the heat from the warm summer months can increase the rate at which the composting progresses. If the seasons are distinctly defined between hot and cold, you will find that composting will not work during winter months, but once the weather starts to warm up again, the process of composting can be again. If your climate has a more consistent climate, there are ways to use the process of composting all year round. 

More experienced organic gardeners use what is referred to as an insulated compost bin. You can dig a hole for your compost bin or barrel deep enough to but the bin at last six to seven inches underground. Line your bin with a large garbage bag and pack straw or pine straw around the base of the bin or barrel and continue the straw up the sides. This process will hold in some heat and allow you to compost year round. Even though this method works, it does work at a slower rate. However, it does allow you to use food items and other natural items such as leaves, etc. and continue to compost. Using leaves in your compost bin will be mostly done in the fall, since that is when most leaves tend to be on the ground. If you have a mower or chipper, it helps to chop up the leaves before you add them to the compost. Leaves are an awesome start for any compost bin. So, you can see how using things such as leaves, etc., are added when they are readily available in certain seasons.

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