Composting has become an intricate and necessary part of organic gardening. Compost is the best amendment that you can add to your gardening soil, but many people view composting as a tedious, time consuming, and messy affair. It does not have to be that way if you use a composter.
Composters make light work out of producing your own valuable compost. Like everything else, there are many types of composters that are available for different composting methods. Here is a summary of the different style composters and how they work, so that you can choose which one bests fits your needs.
A continuous composter is one that you add a little amount of composting materials at a time, and receive small amounts of compost at a time. This type of composter is great for using kitchen scraps and garden waste. You will initially fill the composter up with composting materials, and the composter will have small amounts of compost ready in a few weeks. You continually feed the composter fresh materials as needed. Most bin style composters are continuous composters.
A batch composter is used by filling with compost material, and turned periodically while checking moisture levels. This type of composter creates a large batch of compost at one time. This is ideal if you have large amounts of organic waste, and a nice sized garden area. Most batch style composters are also called tumblers, because they have the ability to be turned by a handle. They are also referred to as barrel composters. The batch composter is the quickest way to make compost. Chopping or shredding your materials will generate faster results.
If you have large quantities of organic materials, the best system of composting would be to have a batch and continuous composter for a steady supply of compost year round.
Another superb method of composting is the worm composter, or worm bin. Worm bins are very easy to maintain, and produce some of the best compost. Once you get the worm bin up and running, it takes minimal effort to keep it churning out great compost. Worm composters can also be placed in a garage, or basement for ease of use. Larger worm bins can hold up to 2 lbs. of kitchen waste a day.
The more organic materials you have available, or if you have large compost needs, the larger a composter you will need. If you will just be using kitchen scraps then the smaller composters will suffice. Generally continuous composters will hold more materials than a batch composter, because continuous styles take more time to make compost. It is best to first choose which style you want to use, then choose the appropriate size according to the availability of materials.