Selecting your compost location for proper composting is important. Garden prunings, leaves, and weeds if left alone in a pile will decompose, but with composting, you want to speed this decomposition.
Above all, choose a location that is easy to get to and convenient. Most of your trips to your compost will be from your kitchen (food scraps), so the location of your compost should be as close as practically possible. It should be placed as not be in the way of family and pet traffic.
Caution – Do not place your compost near areas where animals are able to defecate, because feces harbor pathogens that are harmful to humans.
Your location should be on a level area with good soil drainage. Soils with poor drainage will slow-down the compost decomposition. It’s not always possible, but areas with filtered shade are preferred. Also, avoid windy locations (or protect it from the wind). Windy areas can dry out and decrease the compost pile’s temperature.
There are zillions of different ways to create a compost pile (bin or box, etc.), but it’s a good idea to take a military approach to it and use camouflage. You can camouflage using tall flowers, manageable shrubs, a fence or a vine covered trellis. Be creative when you integrate your compost into your garden.
Next Step - Once your compost area is in located, you can now select your compost structure.
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