The composting it's a delicate process, in onecomposterit is necessary to give the right quantities of waste so as to trigger a biological mechanism, taking care not to shift the balance too much, otherwise the production of bad smells!
There are many gardeners and housewives who complain about thestinkproduced by the composter, for the release of sewage or for a finished product rich in larvae. These problems arise because thecomposterit is not handled properly.
Balcony composter, yes or no?
Those who do not have a garden must not give upcomposting. In commerce they are foundcomposters for balconiescompact and easy to manage. The purchase of acomposer from balconyit is recommended only for those who grow a large number of plants both on the balcony and on the terrace. This is because the amount of dry waste to be placed in the composter must balance the household waste.
The ideal would be to install adomestic composteron the terrace of the house; with a terrace of 20 square meters it is possible to grow ornamental plants and vegetables by placing dry waste in acomposter80 liters.
If the terrace is spacious enough there are no contraindications while putting one composter on the balconywith limited spaces, it is a courageous choice: you have to deal with hygiene, bad smells (especially if those given are mainly kitchen waste) and aesthetics. For the aesthetic fact it would be enough to mask thecomposterwith a grid covered with evergreen climbing plants.
therecomposer from balconyit is recommended only for those who grow a large number of plants and for those who have an external surface (terrace, balcony, open veranda…) of 20 square meters.
Domestic composterand bad smells
As for good hygiene and the possible appearance of bad smells, it is all in the hands of the operator who manages thecomposter: to avoid the onset of bad odors, waste must be wisely balanced; with a domestic composter the risk is to confer an excess of wet organic fraction (waste produced in the kitchen) without counterbalancing it with the same amount of dry organic waste (leaves, twigs, waste produced in the garden).
Especially in a condominium context or to maintain good neighborly relations, it is necessary to avoid the development of bad smells andleachate to the ground(a liquidsmellywhich could leak at the foot of thecomposter!);
How to eliminate bad smells in the home compost bin?
You just need to respect the percentages of wet and dry with a slight preponderance towards the latter. In addition, to avoid the leakage of foul-smelling liquids, it is recommended to use, right from the start, activating bioenzymes so as to speed up the process ofcomposting.
How to choose one domestic composter
There are a large number of models on the market with capacities ranging from 80 to 900 liters.
To guide your choice, ask yourself how muchDIY compostyou want to produce and how many organic waste you have available.
For a family of 4 who intend to prepare compost only with kitchen waste, one will sufficecomposterfrom 300 liters. If, in addition to kitchen waste, you also add those from the garden, you will have to opt for acomposterof at least 400 liters, or, if you have enough space, it will be better to buy two 200-liter composters that are easier to manage and less prone to producing bad smells.
Composter, prices and models
Excellent models can be bought for 40 euros and free shipping. There is no shortage of cheaper models. Before purchasing, make your evaluations.
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