Utilizing Wooden Compost Bins for Upcycle Use
A wooden compost bin is an excellent way to start your composting program. They are economical and easy to use. Wood is easily recycled and doesn’t require special handling or a dark environment. These composters have been used for centuries and their popularity has only increased over the years.
Wooden compost bins are available with either lids or without lids and can be manufactured in all different shapes and sizes. The slatted wood design of these bins is the advantage of the slatted design is that the spaces between the slats to permit good air circulation through the contents of the bin. This will ensure that your garden soil is rich and free from odors. Another advantage of using these types of bins is the vermicompost you can get from them. Vermicompost is worm poop which the worms excrete and fertilize the garden with.
Cedar is a wonderful choice for a wooden compost bin. It is relatively inexpensive, easy to find, decay resistant, insect and rodent proof and readily renewable. Cedar is a species of spruce tree native to North America, although there is a recognized subspecies from Mexico. The most desirable cedar would be the western red cedar; however the eastern white cedar grows in almost the entire USA. The western red cedar has a light silver gray wood which fades to a darker gray color as it ages, becoming almost black in color when it reaches the end of its life cycle.
The planks for wooden compost bins come in several different widths. You can get by with just six inch planks, but it is best to buy a planter with eight inch planks so that your plants have plenty of room to grow. The reason you want to get a wider planks is because you can spread your compost over an even surface area. Eight inch planks spread over a three foot area would look too narrow to be of any benefit to your composting.
Before putting your wooden compost bin down, make sure the floor of the cardboard box is covered in a few layers of newspaper. This will not only make it easier for the worms to start moving around, but will also trap smells and moisture. Any moisture that gets trapped will cause your composting project to take much longer.
After putting your new wooden compost bin in your garden, there are a couple things you need to do. The first is to rake the soil. A healthy garden contains a lot of organic matter, so it is important to get your garden raked. This does two things. One, it helps move the organic matter from one location in the garden to another. Two, it helps decompose the green waste that you have in your kitchen or yard.
Now that you have your wooden compost bin ready to go, it is a good idea to make a wooden pallet compost bin out of old lumber. You can either buy or make one. This should be placed somewhere where it is easy to get to. This bin should have holes drilled all throughout in it for the drainage of the waste. Make sure that the holes in the pallet compost bin are large enough for the root system of the plants to completely drain into the ground.
These days, upcycled cardboard and eco-friendly cardboard are becoming popular recycled products. If you are going to use these types of products for your composting, make sure they are 100% recycled. There are many companies that offer this type of product, including Cardboard Source. With these products, you can easily recycle your cardboard and have it working for you again!