All vegetable gardeners know that composting is a great way to get organic fertilizers for your garden beds. But turning a compost pile can be time consuming and a bit difficult to do. Turning a compost pile regularly is one of the best ways to increase the decomposition of it and also to solve many compost pile problems.
Adding organic matter made in a compost pile to your vegetable gardens nourished both the plants and the soil, giving you a healthy garden and high crop yield.
Turning a compost pile Cheaply
One of the most commonly used items to turn a compost pile is a garden fork, but have you checked out the price of them lately?
Here are a handy items that you can use to turn your compost pile and get it working for you. None of these will break your gardening bank!
- Golf Clubs. Put the base of the club at the bottom of the pile and lift the compost slightly
- Old curtain rods, especially the ones with the corner shape are great for lifting compost.
- Insert long pieces of rebar into the center of the compost pile and out through the edges of the bin. Next, have two people stand on either side and move them side to side to aerate the pile
- An old floor lamp (minus the shade and electrical wires, of course) makes a great lifter for the pile.
- Old snow skis and water skis can be use to lift and aerate the pile.
- Old table legs or bar stool table legs can be used to move your pile around.
Can you think of other inexpensive DIY items to turn or aerate your compost pile?
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