Bin or pile composting? Trying to decide which method will best suit your garden? This article discusses the advantages and or challenges to both methods.
Worm Composting has become increasingly popular over the last decade. Many peoplechoose this method because it is not space prohibitive and there is no odor. Whereas,with pile composting, you need a minimum of 2 foot by 2 foot of space and there is
surely an odor during the decomposition process. In fact, many cities prohibit havinga compost pile due to odor and possible animal issues.
There is a place for traditional piles and a place for wormbins. I have both. I use my
outdoor pile to compost the bulk of my scraps and use the wormbins to compost smaller
quantity of items. From my experience, the finished product of a wormbin seems to
be a more fine product whereas the pile product is more coarse. My plants seem to respond
better to compost tea made from worm castings over tea made from compost. It is also the
opinion of this author that compost piles require more work than worm bins.
Although both methods have their ups and downs, worm composting is a more user friendly way to compost.
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