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After the hot and dry summer I have to say goodbye to my compost heap. To be honest, it never worked out really well with both of us. Why? It is just too dry in my garden and the microorganisms that are responsible for the decomposition of the organic waste cannot work properly or die completely. The garden waste remains waste and is not converted into valuable compost. Since I no longer want to buy compost in the long term, but urgently need it to improve the soil in my vegetable patches, Plan B now comes: The thermal composter!
Arguments for a thermal composter
On the net, I made out which alternatives to the conventional compost heap still exist and came across the Neudorff thermal composter with enthusiasm. Maybe you think to yourself now: “What should be” Zero Waste “, it’s made of plastic!” That’s true, but at least made from recycled plastics – I think that’s a good compromise to finally make compost from my garden waste. I would like to briefly show you the advantages of such a thermal composter:
the thermal composter is double-walled and keeps the heat generated during decomposition much longer.
this means that rotting is much faster, because heat is the secret behind the implementation process. You can get rich compost after 3-4 months! In winter, even the thermal composer stops decomposition sooner or later. If there is frost for a long time, the cold creeps into the composter. But in spring it starts again with full power.
Since the material does not dry out from the edge as in an open compost rental, the rotting is much more even and you get a nutrient-rich mulch compost in the end. This means that small branches or parts of plants can still be seen.
Removing the finished substrate is child’s play! You just open the lower flap and the brown gold comes towards you!
Since composting is much faster than in an open compost rental, I don’t need that much space either.
Time-consuming implementation is no longer necessary. However, you should mix the material with the help of a pitchfork in the course of composting. This allows you to see whether there are dry nests or whether the compost is too wet and take appropriate countermeasures.
The ideal location
With this type of composting, it is not so important where the composter is placed. But it shouldn’t get too much sun – a partially shaded spot is ideal. I personally made sure that it can be reached quickly, that it can be accessed from several sides and that it is a little hidden. It doesn’t smell, but visually, a thermal composter is not really an eye-catcher.
Lining for the thermal composter
In order for something good to come out of the flap below, the right thing has to be put in at the top – you are what you eat and this applies particularly to the compost heap! Especially now in autumn there are a lot of garden balls. I add a natural compost starter when I first fill it. If you want to do without it, you can get a few buckets of compost from the neighbor and mix it with the garden waste. This will start the rotting process faster.
It all goes into my composter
Foliage of fruit trees or bushes.
Leftovers from the vegetable patches such as Tomato plants that are still being cut into small pieces.
Eggshells: I crumble them as best I can
Grass clippings: fresh grass clippings rot very quickly. If at all, it should be lightly dried beforehand and only added in small quantities.
Coffee grounds: I dry them and then sprinkle them evenly over the compost.
Tea bags: only without a metal clip.
Kitchen waste: vegetable peel or apple cleaning.
Knots or pruning must be properly shredded beforehand. Here is a chopper. Only then will the material decompose quickly and evenly.
Basically everything that goes into the composter should be made small. Only then can the industrious microorganisms quickly utilize the materials. A chopper comes in handy here. Otherwise, you can also use a lawn mower to cut hedges or raspberry rods.