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How Long Does it Take to Get Compost (Composter)?
They do not eat the same foods and no one will feed their pile of compost in the same way or use the same composting technique. he is very difficult to answer this question. Yet, everyone poses and wants an answer. The decomposition time of the materials deposited in the composter will depend on attention to the composting process, ie the intervention more or less frequent of the human. Humidification, ventilation, location the composter, the wind and the diversity of the materials incorporated are all of which have an impact on the rate of decomposition. It is possible to produce compost within three months and three years. But in general, if we incorporate all the kitchen residues into the composter, which is aerated every two weeks, that the moisture content is checked and that we empty the composter at least once a year, we should have compost in less than 12 months.
To obtain compost in three months. When using the gradual heap method, this which is chosen by most people, obtaining a compost can vary between eight months and three years (depending on the care you bring to the pile).
No matter how you decide to compost, the result will be always composted. Even if you do not follow all the instructions and tips given in this guide you will get in a long time (maximum three years) a finished and usable compost. Remember that the process of Organic material recycling is natural and there is nothing wizarding about it; we do not try to speed up the process using more or fewer techniques breakouts.
Composting in one year
In the spring: leave the compost pile and fill it until the end of autumn, according to the method mentioned in the Comment.
-If the brown matter is scarce in the spring, it is possible to use shredded newspaper and/or soil to cover green materials.
In the fall: install the composter near the house and store the until early spring. Storing dead leaves in bags (5 to 6 bags) to use this carbon-rich material the spring following. Brew break all winter!
And … as the seasons go by fall
Late in the fall, it’s interesting to change the composter room for the empty of its contents and bring it closer to the house; it will be more accessible during the cold season. To do this, it is necessary to remove the anchoring screws on the ground (if the chosen model has one) and simply lift and move the plastic box. Cover the compost pile left on the spot with film plastic will protect it from the weather. This compost pile wrapped plastic will have had time to reach some maturation during winter and will be ready for use the next spring. Then, it will be necessary leave the compost pile in the new place, the same way as when starts at nine, taking care to make a nest in the bottom of the container (bubble in the margin on page 30). Do not forget to keep dead leaves in plastic bags so you can use it the next spring.
Early in the spring (mid-March) there is a lot of work. It’s almost the only period when you have to work hard. If the composter is full of materials stored during the winter (especially remains of the kitchen), it is time to perform a complete turnaround, to hand over the composter in its summer location and rebuild the pile. Proceed in alternation: put a shovel of materials stored during the winter and a shovel of carbonaceous material (dead leaves kept in sacks plastic during the winter) until the pile is assembled. This will allow also to absorb the excess water that will have accumulated during the thaw of the pile. This new pile of spring, in the bottom of which we will have made a nest (as for a new pile) and in which we will have alternated in almost ideal green and brown materials, will only take a few weeks to get break down. Why?
– Because the freeze and thaw periods during the winter will have made the very friable materials and they will decompose more easily;
– Because we paid attention to the carbon/nitrogen balance at the time of reconstruction of the pile in the spring;
– Because the volume of stuff, about 1 cubic meter, will be ideal;
– Because without knowing if you apply the shepherd’s method. Winter compost will be ready for late spring gardening (June). A second turnaround of the heap towards the end of April will also help speed up the process. It is also possible to build this new spring pile next to the composter and cover it with plastic wrap. We will cease to deposit fresh materials and it will be very easy to use the compost once it has matured.
And the sieving step will be eliminated!
At this stage, we will have a pile that has matured all winter and can be used for spring needs. A heap that will mature and is ready by the end of the summer (or maybe by the end of July), because it will have been assembled at one time, will heat considerably. In the empty composter, we will start storing again materials from spring until the following autumn. And the cycle start again!