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A good soil is the basis for optimal plant growth and therefore also for a beautiful garden. If the soil is not ideal by nature, you can help out with compost. The addition of humus improves permeability, water retention and ventilation. In addition, the compost supplies the plants with nutrients and trace elements. But not only that: From an ecological point of view, the recycling of organic waste in the garden is extremely useful - and has been common practice for centuries when the word "recycling" was invented!
For the compost to succeed, you need not only a good compost container with optimal ventilation. Thermometers and compost accelerators are also important tools for making perfect compost. The following picture gallery shows an interesting selection of composting products in your own garden.
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Composter and accessories
The recycled plastic of this slatted composter is impact-resistant, durable and does not look like a foreign object with its green color. Thanks to the plug-in system, the 640-liter container is easy to set up and expandable
This composter is quickly assembled from hot-dip galvanized steel profiles. The basic box holds 700 liters, with expansion sets, the system can be expanded as desired. To remove the finished compost you can remove the profiles individually
With a deceptively real wood look, the "Mahora" composter made of concrete elements fits elegantly into the garden. Four base plates with plug iron hold the stones in position. The durable material is absolutely rotting resistant
Natural enzymes and microorganisms for a quick, healthy rotting are the secret of the novel compost accelerator "Biorott". Tested and recommended by the University of Hohenheim
The hot-dip galvanized frame of this wood and steel composter lasts for decades. If the pressure-impregnated boards are eroded after years, they can be easily replaced by commercially available hardware store
A three-chamber system transforms wastes into compost in the "Aeroplus 6000" - fast and without transfer
Fresh material is filled into the top of the collection container. Then it comes into the composting cell with adjustable ventilation, to finally mature in the bottom floor to raw compost. The composting cell is emptied by an external lever, the mature compost can be taken from below on two sides
The thermo-composter "DuoTherm" by Neudorff holds 530 liters of organic waste and is double-walled insulated. In the sidewalls and in the two-part lid, an air cushion ensures that heat generated does not escape to the outside. This accelerates the transformation processes and leads to a rapid decomposition of the starting material
Special forms such as the roll composter are ideal for smaller gardens. The rotational movements accelerate the rotting process of the compost mass
Fine-crumbed compost is not only needed for sowing beds. The fine composting machine "FK 50" pushes the finished decomposed material through a semicircular sieve by means of a spiral-shaped, rotatable spindle - out comes the finest compost
The conversion is done in the composter "Mr. Twist" with a few drum turns. A metal pin then fixes the approximately 300-liter container in the desired position. Frequent mixing will rapidly degrade the waste. Through the large opening, the content is emptied directly into the wheelbarrow
The activity of the microorganisms can be checked on the basis of temperature: a freshly heaped pile often reaches a core temperature of over 70° C after about seven weeks. This degree of ripeness can be estimated with this stainless steel thermometer
As a helper in the decomposition of garden waste compost worms have been proven. They eat the organic material and excrete valuable worm humus
The transfer screen is an efficient tool to separate the fine from the coarse. This hot dip galvanized model can be fixed with a support and two metal clamps on almost every standard wheelbarrow
Open composters are usually cheaper than closed systems. You can also control the rotting process more easily. Ensure even moisture in midsummer - when the compost dries out, the rotting process comes to a standstill. Take the fist sample: remove a handful of material and squeeze it together. If the sample crumbles, the compost is too dry. It should then be moistened and possibly remixed. If the water can be squeezed out, it is too wet. In this case, a straw mat helps as a cover, and you should also incorporate chopped, woody waste.
Be sure to choose a shady spot for your compost bin, for example under a tree.Here, the content does not dry out so easily on hot summer days and rots faster.
Compost soil as desired
If you have done everything right during composting, you will receive finished humus after six to twelve months. If this is used as part of potting soil, you should first sift the coarse ingredients with a compost sieve. This is not necessary when using for soil improvement. The coarse ingredients promote aeration and supply the soil with nutrients in the long term.