The best compost containers are easy and fun to make. One of the most efficient ways to prepare your own soil amendments is to compost all of your organic waste. Not only will you be saving money on garden compost, you will be reusing your organic waste in an earth-friendly and practical manner.
The process of composting is fairly simple: after piling up organic waste outdoors, a nutrient rich fertilizing compost material is produced after about a year of waiting. The amount of materials suitable for composting is surprisingly vast. Everything from cardboard and raked leaves to coffee grounds and egg shells are good materials to add to the compost mix. If you would like to reap the benefit of the earth friendly method of producing healthy compost, you can either buy a brand new compost bin or make your own. Consider the following types of compost containers for your yard.
Static Compost Containers
For the most simple, economic choice, consider the basic static compost container. You will need to "turn" the compost, or mix up the contents of the bin, yourself. There are plenty of composting tools that will help you do this with ease, and you'll be able to check up on the composting status regularly when you are turning the contents. You will be able to buy a durable plastic or polyurethane static compost container, but many landowners enjoy the rustic look of a homebuilt container made from wood and/or wire. Some static compost containers are built with an "open" construction, where a metal wire is used for the sides. This can be an advantage in warmer areas, where the enclosed plastic models can sometimes foster too much heat for the compost mix to form properly.
Tumbling Compost Containers
For easier "turning" of your compost, the tumbling compost container is an ideal choice. Instead of regularly mixing the compost mix with a tool such as a shovel, the tumbling container is equipped with a cranking mechanism that will turn the mix for you, negating the need to open up the container. The price for this convenience is that you will have a little bit less space to store compost, and that the unit will probably cost more than a static container. Some tumbling containers do not have the cranking mechanism, and are rotated on an axle. Turning your compost in one of these units is as simple as lifting up the container and swinging it completely around on the axle. Most tumbling units are made out of a durable plastic, and can be placed anywhere where a static unit can be.
Indoor Compost Containers
If you are lacking in outdoor space but still want to experience the benefits of composting, consider an indoor compost container for your kitchen. Many units are electrically powered and utilize naturally occurring bacteria, heating units and aerators to shorten the composting process from over a year down to a couple of weeks. This is convenient for storing your food waste, and encourages the reusing of food waste. Some units include an element that neutralizes odor, a feature you may want to consider if you have a smaller kitchen.