Organic Farming and Living: What You Didn’t Know About Composting

Composting is an important part of any organic operation, whether you’re a full organic farming operation, or you’re looking to simply use more organic methods of fertilization in your home garden. 

However, when people get into composting for the first time, they tend to go one of two ways. Either they get into it too much, making it unsustainable for them to maintain their composting, or they go completely in the opposite direction because they feel like this isn’t something that they can handle. 

To help you ease into the composting and organic farming lifestyle, here are some interesting things that you might not have known about composting. 

You don’t need an expensive or fancy bin for composting

One of the biggest misconceptions that you’re going to run into in the world of composting and organic gardening is the idea that if you want your composting to turn out right, then you need to buy one of those expensive composting bins. When you’re just getting into things, this might seem like a great idea because you want to get set up as much as you can to get started. 

However, you will eventually find that buying an expensive compost bin makes no difference in how well your compost turns out because the quality of your compost depends on how you treat it and what materials you compost. A fancy compost bin won’t save a compost that is poorly handled. 

You need a good location

Something that many people are not aware of is the fact that the location of your compost heap is a crucial part of what makes for good compost. You need a location that gets plenty of air and sunlight because these help facilitate the composting process. 

Not everything is compostable

When you start out with your composting, you may think that this means that you can put all of your food scraps and other biodegradable waste into the compost. However, you should be aware of the fact that not all food scraps are not compostable. There are certain materials that have to be composted separately from your regular compost heap.

Meat, bones, oil, and other similar materials have to be composted in their own pile away from the usual pile that would typically contain leaves, cardboard, and the like. The reason why these need to be kept separate is that these types of materials produce a different combination of materials from the usual kind of compost, so it needs its own heap so that you can create different types of nutrients for the sake of your plants.


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