Tips for better composting
Where is the best position?
With compost-bins from remaplan, you will get very quickly an effort, if you place the composter at an half-shady
place, where the air can ventilate easily. The compost silo must have direct contact to the soil, to let invade micro-
organisms, insects, larvae and worms, which are the most efficient converters.
Please do not place the composter to close to the property of your neighbour: a distance of 50 cm might be enough.
To avoid the access of rodents, who might eat to many important worms, you can lay on the base a close wire netting.
Suitable material for your composter.
All organic waste from garden and kitchen will be converted to precious, natural fertilizer: for example: waste of fruit and
vegetable, plants, leafs, eggshells, coffee ground, tea leaves, (shredded) garden cuttings, newspaper, horse manure.
How to mix.
Please do only place thin layers (nearly 5 cm) of the same material on the top of your compost. Cut long branches to a
maximum size of 20 cm – or more effective – shredder them.
Problems with grass cuttings?
A mass of recently cut grass will collapse in short time to an airtight layer and provokes putrescence. For this, please mix
especially grass cuttings intensively with other waste material or bring only thin layers on the compost. Even supply of
garden soil or old compost will accelerate the composting process. In case your garden produces to much grass cuttings, let
it get dry before or use it to cover your soil.
The importance of moisture.
Micro-organisms, like bacterias and fungi, produce during the composting process – which rises the temperature up to
60C – humus and nutrients. They need moisture to this converting process. Too much water will produce oxygen
defiency (unpleasant odeurs). If it is too dry, the micro-organisms will get in inoperative position and the composting
During periods without rain, additional water may be needed. If the compost is too wet, you can add paper or sawdust to
regulate the moisture. During rainy season it may be necessary to cover the compost bin with fleece or foil. Good compost
structure is spongy.
When will be the compost be ready?
With compost-bins, humus can be produced – regarding best environmental conditions – after nine month. The finest parts
– passed through a sieve – can be used for soil improvement. It is the best organic fertilizer.
Where to bring out the compost?
Fine material can be spread to your garden and indoor plants as best fertilizer. Please do not strew it during heat. The
micro-organisms are sensitive to sun light and dryness.
Bigger or raw material may be the base of a new composting process.
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