If you think that living in a cold-climate region like New England means that composting is impossible then think again! There’s ways that you can still compost, minimise your waste and help your garden thrive even whilst battling the frosty temperatures.
Whilst there’s no doubt that composting in cold environments can be challenging, but it is still possible to create a successful compost pile by following a few simple steps. Here are our top tips to help you on your way.
Get yourself a Compost Bin: Using a compost bin can help trap heat and insulate your compost from the cold. There are many types of compost bins available, from plastic to wooden to wire mesh. Choose a bin that suits your needs and budget. Start your search here: Bunnings
Protect your compost bin: Keep your compost bin protected from the wind but still receives as much sunlight as possible. The sun will help to heat up your compost to accelerate the composting process. Choose a location that blocks your compost bin from fierce and frosty winds so your compost stays as warm as possible.
Add some brown stuff!: In cold climates, composting can be slower because the microorganisms that break down the organic matter need warmth to thrive. Adding more brown material such as leaves, twigs, and straw to your compost can help create more air pockets and insulate your valuable compost.
Mix your materials: Make sure to mix green and brown materials well to create a good balance of carbon and nitrogen. This will help your compost to break down faster, even in colder temperatures.
Keep the Pile Moist but not too wet: Water is necessary for composting, but if the pile gets too wet, it can become waterlogged and anaerobic, which will slow down the composting process.
Insulate the Pile: Insulating your compost pile with a layer of straw or leaves can help to trap heat and keep the composting process going even in colder temperatures.
Use a Compost Thermometer: Use a compost thermometer to monitor the temperature of your pile. The ideal temperature for composting is between 135°F and 160°F (57°C and 71°C). If your compost pile is not reaching these temperatures, consider adding more brown material, mixing the pile more frequently, or adding a compost accelerator.
By following these tips, you can create a successful compost pile even in cold environments. Remember to be patient, as composting can take longer in colder temperatures, but the end result is well worth the effort.
Discover our top tips for decluttering your home
Find out more about New England Waste’s services here
Discover New England Waste’s sustainability mission here