What Are compost bins? And why are they bad for your garden? First of all, compost is basically worms that eat organic matter (often leaves, grass clippings, coffee grounds, and manure) and excrete waste in a wet, dark place. Compost Bins are specifically designed to hold kitchen waste, thus converting organic matter into compost.
But why are they bad for your garden? To start with, there are various problems that may arise when using compost bins for your outdoor or patio compost bins. The most common concern is the lack of ventilation. This ventilation is important because compost made in an outdoor compost bin will slowly degrade over time if it's not kept properly maintained. Indoor compost bins have a ventilation system that keeps the compost warm while preventing odors from developing, which compost enthusiasts call "green garbage."
Compost made from organic matter (waste) that is monitored and controlled can provide excellent nutrition to plants. However, aerobic organisms don't thrive in high temperatures, so any organic matter that's not properly monitored and controlled will quickly turn to waste. In a traditional compost bin, this would usually happen with the waste in the bottom-most bin. If you have a small garden, this wouldn't be a problem, but if you have a large garden, this could become a problem.
Compost Bins and Containers Vary When it comes to their construction, there are two general types of compost bins: the Brown Material Container, also known as the worm ball, and the White Material Container, or the plastic worm ball. Worm balls are made of woven heavy-duty fabric. These bins typically come in a standard size. They have holes in the top for the aerobic organisms to enter and exit, and a bottom hole for the decomposing material. The plastic worms are just that: they're plastic and have holes where they'll penetrate the earth. They are usually used on gardens with light soil.
One reviewer writes: "Wool compost bins are just what you need if you want an environmentally friendly, convenient way to recycle kitchen leftovers, feed your worms, and let nature take its course." Organic matter can be composted in these types of bins. Worms in them easily consume dark, moist, warm, high temperature soil. The worm balls are large enough that you can put several on the countertop, if need be, without them overflowing into each other. This allows you to turn the tops over periodically and aerate the soil. You can also put several on the ground in each page.
You might find that you want to start a compost bin, but you aren't sure how to go about it. For starters, computers come in many shapes and sizes. Some are bottom-loading, with no lid, while others have lids that can be drawn up. You can choose a compost bin that allows aeration and drainage, so that you can mix different kinds of organic matter without having to wait for the pile to break down before mixing it together.
If you've ever been bothered by the dilemma of sorting out your food waste and using it to create compost, then you know that sorting is a big part of the composting process. The food waste must go in one side of the compost bins, the waste from the kitchen waste goes on the other side. You need room around the outside of the bin, not more than one foot, so that the worms can move around easily. And you also need good air circulation so that your worms don't get clogged up and killed.
There's another advantage to using kitchen or garden compost bins: they make it easier to recycle. You can place all your grocery store items in them and let the worms go to work. Once the material has been broken down, all you have to do is take it out of the compost bin and dispose of it in your compost. There's no need to separate all of your garbage. These compact, anaerobic bins are very useful, not only as garden or yard fertilizers but also for composting your own food waste.