Why Use Containers To Compost?

Perhaps you are wondering whether it is necessary to use containers for composting.

The answer to that question is “no”; it is not absolutely necessary to use containers. Out in the back yard, nature certainly doesn’t care whether the compost is heaped out in the open or enclosed in a bin. However, here are six very good reasons why it’s better to do your composting in a container.

1. If you live in an area where houses are fairly close to each other, a container of some sort does help  keep the yard neat.

2. By keeping the unsightly pile neatly contained in a container, you will have no lash  back from close neighbors.  It’s a good way to keep the neighbors happy.

3. A covered container means the pile can retain both heat and nutrients.

4. A covered container will keep out rodents, raccoons, and pets.

5. If your pile is in a container, you will create your compost in weeks rather than months.

6. But most importantly for you,  because hot compost piles need regular turning, and you’ll want to harvest finished compost from time to time, having the composting pile in a container can make it easier to do this work.

Keeping that last consideration in mind, you’re safe in choosing a container for its appearance, convenience, cost, size, or other qualities.

Indeed there are so many commercial bins you can choose from.  On the other hand you can make your own.  In the end your choice of compost bin depends on how much you want to spend, how fast you want the compost, and space available.

We will begin looking at the various types of compost bins on the next post.

See you there!


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