Ten (10) Misconceptions About Composting[divider]
Composting can be an involved process, especially for beginners.
- There are a lot of stories and television programs that use composting in a humorous or dramatic way.
- Additionally, there’s a lot of pop understanding about what composting is to begin with that is just completely wrong.
- It’s important to make sure you get your facts straight about composting before you make any long term decisions about it in anyway.
Many people might write off the regular compost activities and more so worm composting process without fully understanding how it actually works, due to just taking people’s word for it about composting. Many people just pick up their knowledge of composting from misconceptions and over emotional justifications in the first place.
Some of these soil and compostable myths and misconceptions include:
10 – Compost Heaps Always Smell Bad
This just isn’t true, not if the compost heap is set up properly.
This misconception probably comes from the tendency for people to spend only a very short amount of time thinking about a topic before coming up with ideas about that topic.
- For example, some people might simplify a compost heap as a “pile of garbage,” and so make assumptions based on this comparison. They might assume that since a compost pile is just a tall clump of garbage, it will behave like how they imagine a pile of garbage to behave if it’s left outside for a long length of time.
But the truth is, as long as a compost pile is regularly monitored to make sure the PH and water levels are at the right points to facilitate decomposition, the compost bin will just not have much of a smell.
9 – Compost Bins Are Useless
While some people can be encouraged to compost due only for their love of the environment, many people need more practical reasons to engage in the process. And when they look at a compost bin, they just can not imagine what it could be used for practically. But the truth is that the pile can be used for many garden purposes.
8 – Compost Piles Are Made of Dirt or Garbage
This just is not the case. Compost bins are comprised of organic elements that have been sorted carefully and put together for proper decomposition. As such, they are perfect for trees, flower beds, grass, or anything else that needs to grow. After all, the fruit, vegetables, and other organic materials came from the earth in the first place. So they often have the perfect nutrients to cause vegetation to grow once more.
7 – Composting Takes Forever
Many people imagine that a compost pile will take up all of their time if they were ever to start one. In their head, they imagine themselves shoveling for hours and hours, or performing endless exhaustive tests just to get a pile of organic garbage to decay. But this just isn’t the case at all either.
Composting really only takes a minute or two every few days in terms of management.
All you really have to do is turn the compost over, check the PH levels, and add more organic materials to the bin. This can all be done relatively quickly. It’s true that the initial time investment for composting can be extensive, but after that point the maintaining piece can usually be done rather quickly.
6. Having Worms in Your Compost Bin Is Bad
While it’s true that generally you want to keep the bin separate from the infestation of insects and local wild life, some forms of life can actually help with composting.
An example of this is the red wiggler worm. They can do a lot of the work, eating through the organic material that you feed them through the pile.
5. Compost Temperature Doesn’t Matter
Compost piles should be warm. If the pile isn’t warm, then you aren’t doing it properly, as this is an important part of the process.
4. Pile Size Doesn’t Matter
- The size of a compost pile is actually very important.
- It should be around 3 feet tall, and 3 feet on any side.
- If it’s any smaller than this, the chemical process that governs the pile may not work.
- This is also true if the compost pile is too large. This is one of the important reasons why you should make sure you maintain the compost heap every few days.
- Otherwise it will decay too much and become too small.
3. You Can’t Compost in the City
- Composting in a city involves techniques that have been developed relatively recently.
- There is a technique called vermicomposting that uses red worms inside of a bin.
- This can fit in any cabinet or dark area.
- Feeding the worms scraps every once in a while is all that it takes to keep the compost going.
2. You Can Put Anything into a Compost Bin
There are plenty of things that you shouldn’t put into the bin, actually.
- For example, if you’re composting outside, you should avoid adding meat, bones, pet manure, or anything with a dairy signature. If you do this, then the compost pile may actually begin to smell, and attract animals from nearby.
1. Only Perfectionists Can Compost
Actually, composting is hardly an exact science. It’s true that there should be distinct layers in the compost, but making the layers perfect isn’t necessary. Putting grass on top of kitchen waste will often be enough to help make the process happen.
While composting does require some care and research, it’s not all that much. And those who do compost reap the benefits.
Next, you should be able to start learning about Vermicomposting and the effectiveness between compost and Vermicomposting. There’s a number of excellent online free tutorial, tool, media, software based sites for you to search through, happy gardening!
– Phil @ Go Garden Guides