Where to put the compost bin in the garden

Finding the right location to place the compost bin is the first step to home composting.

The right location of the compost bin in the garden
The right location of the compost bin in the garden

By now, very few people rely on the old heap placed in a corner of the vegetable plot or garden to produce compost.

It's not that it can't be done but, nowadays, there are composters that greatly facilitate the composting process and are honestly more pleasing to the eye than a pile of organic waste.

Open-air compost piles also risk attracting all sorts of animals, starting with mice that will find the food scraps a convenient way to feast and get fat.

Not what we want, right?

When we have chosen the composter, therefore, the problem will arise of finding the right location for it, although, to tell the truth, the choice of the compost bin should be a step later than the choice of the place where we want to compost the waste.

Today there are composters of all types, from fixed composters to compost tumblers, from very large ones to smaller ones that are also suitable for the terrace of the house.

If we only have the terrace and we want to compost to have some soil with which to feed our balcony plants, it will make little sense to buy a composter of 300 liters or more.

In addition to being too bulky, you can never rule out the possibility of unpleasant odors emanating from the compost bin and, in a condominium context, would be a serious problem.
It will be necessary to make an estimate and summary calculation of how much organic material will end up in the composter, and then make a wise purchase.

Do we have a garden? How big is it? Do we have grass clippings and leaves falling from trees in the fall?If the answer is "yes", then the compost bin will need to be large enough and find its place in the yard or garden.

If we don't have a garden but want to try composting leftover fruits and vegetables from the kitchen, then we can buy a small balcony composter or even self-build one.

Many of the compost bins that are on the market today look quite nice, there are several that, although made of plastic, simulate wood or rattan.

Many people are rightly proud of their composting activities, but it is also true that it is always better not to put the compost bin too much in sight: it ruins the view of the garden and, as mentioned above, could be the cause of bad odors.

But without further ado, let's see what points to take into consideration when choosing the best location for the compost bin.

  • it is best to choose a location that is fairly hidden from view but at the same time easily accessible.
    In the winter period, when rain and snow can make the garden almost impassable, it is important to be able to reach the composter anyway.
    At the end of a paved driveway, the location of the composter would be ideal.
  • try to place the compost bin near a water tap if you do not want to be forced to go with a watering can to wet the heap.
    During the dry season it is important that the compost remains constantly moist, hence the need for a nearby water supply.
  • placing the compost heap under a large tree can be a good idea as long as it is a deciduous plant, i.e. one that loses its leaves during the winter season.
    In this way, during the summer season the composter will avoid receiving direct sunlight and overheating (especially if it is black) and in winter, with the tree bare, the sun's rays will contribute, albeit minimally, to ensuring that the temperature does not drop too much, significantly slowing down the composting activity.
  • if the compost you want to produce will be used to fertilize the garden or the vegetable garden, the compost bin must be placed near the garden or the veggie plot, it makes no sense to place it in an area too far away from them.

These are the key points to keep in mind in order to place the compost bin in the right location.

Once the location has been chosen, the area must be prepared.

If the compost bin is placed on the ground, remember that a well-drained surface is needed to prevent liquids from leaking out of the compost bin and soaking the lawn.

It is therefore necessary to remove the turf, lay the soil bare, and then place the composter.

This on the one hand facilitates the absorption of liquids by the soil, and on the other allows the microorganisms present in the soil and earthworms to rise in the heap and carry out their action of disintegrating organic material.

The above suggestions, let's remember, are mainly valid for the placement of commercial composters.

In the case of free heaps it would be necessary to make slightly different evaluations but, it is worth repeating once again, the purchase of a compost bin solves a lot of problems and is therefore an investment that deserves to be made.

DIY Editor
Do-it-yourself enthusiast. I started with the renovation of my flat and then I changhed this passion into my job.