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Composting is such a good and easy way to help the environment. Composting breaks down items like old food scraps which we would otherwise throw away.

Throwing away lots of uneaten food can lead to high amounts of the dangerous greenhouse gas methane being produced. So, if you opt to use one of our compost bins, you will be doing your bit to help the planet.

Why Should you Use a Compost Bin?

Depending on which of our compost bins you opt for, this can be a very cheap, and environmentally friendly habit to start and over time, using one of our compost bins will also help you save money as there will be less of a need to buy products like artificial fertilisers and soil for your garden. Composting can also be a really fun activity to do with your children, teaching them about gardening and the environment.

These points all go to show how investing in a compost bin will help involve and also educate all of the family, help the planet that we live in and also help you save some of your hard earned money.

Choosing your Compost Bin

All families and all homes are very different, that is why at Building Supplies Online we offer a large variety of compost bins for our customers, ensuring that you can pick the perfect compost bin for your family home. There are pros and cons to all of our styles, so here is a rough guide to picking the right compost bin for you:

  • Batch compost bins are a good choice for people who are looking for a faster composting experience. However this type of compost bin will require a little more daily work than some of our alternative products. For example the majority of compost bins will need to be turned daily, ensuring a good oxygen supply and the moisture levels will also need to be checked. This sort of compost bin is most suited to a more committed gardener who also wants fast results from their compost bin.
  • Continuous composters are best suited to a more busy gardener, who perhaps has less time to look after their compost bin daily. With a continuous compost bin you can add things like kitchen scraps, garden weeds and more all the time without it potentially interfering with the composting process. However the rate of compost production is slightly longer with these compost bins. We would suggest this style of compost bin for the slightly more busy gardener.
  • Indoor compost bins are another option, we would recommend this compost bin for people who want to just compost kitchen waste. These compost bins are a lot smaller and therefore create less compost. However this could be a really beneficial addition to any family home as it would help to reduce the amount of food wasted and it can also help to teach your children about the environment and how we can help it.
  • Our compost bins also come in a range of styles, materials and sizes, giving you even more of a choice to pick the best compost bin for your home.

At BSO we also offer some compost bin accessories to make your composting experience more enjoyable, these are also available on our website.

So if you’re looking to help out the planet, help your wallet and learn a little more about gardening and the environment, picking from our large range of compost bins, here at Building Supplies Online could be the perfect option for you and your family.

How to Use a Compost Bin?

To use a compost bin correctly you need to have the correct ‘ingredients’, this includes:

  • Organic matter, this can be split into two categories, your ‘greens’, the nitrogen containing matter, e.g vegetable scraps and grass trimmings, and your ‘browns’, the carbon containing matter, e.g shredded newspapers and wood chippings.
  • Microorganisms, these are pretty much present everywhere anyway but specialised microorganisms can be purchased to aid the composting process
  • A good supply of oxygen is key, this can be achieve with good air hole placement and also turning of the compost pile, air circulation is key to maintaining a good rate of decomposing
  • A good level of moisture is also necessary, too little water and the microbes will die, too much water will prevent lots of oxygen from entering the pile. A good rule of thumb is that the soil should feel moist but not drenched.

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