Bedding and nutrient additives

21.3.2018

Bedding and nutrient additives

 

Proper functioning of the compost also requires that suitable bedding is used. It keeps the compost airy and absorbs odours and excessive moist. When composting garden waste, which is poor in nutrients, it may become necessary to add nutrients among the waste.

Bedding

Adding bedding is absolutely necessary in particular when composting household waste. It is also advisable to apply coarser substance in between the garden waste that tends to pack up, such as lawn mowing waste or leaves. The most common beddings are:

Branch chips

By chopping or chipping the branches in your yad you can get excellent bedding for the compost. The chips keep the compost very airy. Brach chips generates plenty of organic matter, which makes the compost to a soil conditioner with a long-lasting effect.

Yard litter

Raking waste is good for compost bedding provided that it contains coarse material, such as tree needles, hay, moss etc. Also tree needle litter from forest paths makes an excellent bedding.

Sawdust

has too fine consistence as such. Mix it with coarser bedding.

Peat

efficiently absorbs excessive moist and odours. The smell of ammonia can be eliminated using sour peat. The peat used in compost should be as coarse as possible, non-fertilized and non-limed. As such the peat packs up too much and, therefore, it pays to mix it with, for example, branch chips or cutted chips. Make sure the peat is quite dry so that it will not freeze in the bedding container in winter.

Milled bark

is the dried and crushed bark of coniferous trees. It makes a good bedding that combines the ability to absorb odours of the peat and the airy consistency of chips. It is used in particular in toilets, but also in the household waste composts. Biolan Komposti and Huussi Dry Bedding is a ready-for-use bedding made of dried and milled bark and peat.

Old compost

can be used as bedding, if it still contains non-decomposed coarse substance.