Composting involves using "greens", also known as materials rich in nitrogen, and combining them with "brown" materials, which are considered to be carbon-based materials. Green materials can include trimmings from a garden area, fresh grass, farm animal manure, and food scraps like vegetables, fruits and coffee grounds while browns can be dead leaves, dried grass, and even sawdust. If these materials are combined in the right way and stored together over a set period of time (up to 12 months), you should have quality compost at the end.
This guide is primarily about the tools needed to ensure the composting experience go as smoothly as possible. Here are the tools that are essential or considered extremely helpful for garden composting:
These are the basic tools of any compost enthusiast. A compost fork allows you to hoist and handle large heaps of organic matter, and also helps you mix and aerate compost.
Compost bins are a great option for composters, and come with a number of advantages over composting out in the open. Basically, they help keep moisture levels at a steady range, they help keep out pests, they improve the overall look of a garden by keeping compost piles out of sight, and they also help lock in any smells that may be unpleasant. Some compost bins also contain tumbling mechanisms built in, which are known as tumbler bins. Tumbler bins provide a quick option for aerating and turning compost in just a matter of seconds.
These are specialised composting bins gardeners might want to consider, especially if you they in an urban area, as they allow for indoor composting. Essentially, compost enthusiasts can use red wiggler worms to accelerate the composting process inside a sealed and contained box, which means there are no odours as long as more food isn't being added than the worms can eat in a few days.
Once the compost is ready to be applied to a lawn or garden, a sturdy garden shovel can help dig up areas you want to apply the compost to and then even distribute the compost in the required area.
For large piles of compost, a wheelbarrow is an excellent way to transport and spread compost. A garden wheelbarrow can feature stainless steel construction, but some gardeners also opt for a wooden wheelbarrow for a more rustic and authentic look.
For some serious composting, think about a garden shredder. This can help gardeners break down organic matter more quickly to release its nutrients and make it easier to incorporate compost directly into your soil. Think about using a motorised or electric shredder for the best results.
Gardeners need to keep their compost moisturised to ensure compost breaks down at the right speed. Gardeners should choose a spray nozzle that allows them to apply a fine mist of water to their compost in order to avoid oversaturation and converse water properly.
Other Tools and SuppliesAlthough not necessary, a sturdy bucket is very common for storing food scraps in separately before it's ready to bring out to a compost area. Garden gloves are also an excellent way to protect hands during composting and garden work in general. A garden sieve can also help gardeners make their own potting soil with the use of garden compost.
Ultimately, with these tools, gardeners can get the most from their composting experience and help them create the "garden gold" compost is often referred to. That means flowers, trees, grass, and ornamental plants can reach their full potential and make any garden look lush and healthy.