The use of oyster shells in compost is becoming more popular. Not only are they appealing, but they can be really useful when you learn to make your own compost. Worms actually enjoy eating these shells. And the natural material they break down is very helpful, as well. Plus, it adds a wonderful little bit of natural beauty to any garden or backyard.
A lot of people get started with composting because it’s such an easy process. All you need is some old soda cans or paper bags, peat moss, wood shavings, or pieces of fruit and veggie rind. Add a few tablespoons of each to your compost bin. Cover them up and let the pile sit, alone, for a couple of weeks.
As the piles sit and develop, they’ll attract the worms that will decompose them. At this point, you can either add new layers of organic matter, like peat moss and straw, or you can break up and add the shells. The shells work as a type of tracer. Once the worms start digging, they will eventually cover some of the holes that have developed within the material. That’s how your compost piles are made up! A layer or two of shells at the beginning stage of development, and you have a perfectly good and easily composted component for your kitchen or garden.
There are many ways to make use of what you’ve got. You can make a compost heap of your own. If you have a large backyard and a small yard area to work with, you may want to consider building a worm bin and using that. They’re portable, relatively inexpensive, and can be left right where they are, so that you don’t have to worry about them getting scattered all over the place.
But what if you don’t have a backyard to work with? Don’t fret. There are other types of closed containers that you can use as well. In fact, one of the more popular types of closed containers today is simply a can or bottle with a tightly sealed lid, like a milk can.
Using oyster shells in compost is a great idea because they come pre-consumer. That means they have already been broken down, and their inside materials have been extracted for use. You can use this pulp to make a very rich compost that has lots of energy and nutrients inside. The best part is you won’t have to worry about the effects of these naturally made composting products on the environment, since they’ve already been turned into material that’s not going to harm the environment.
Of course, not all people are comfortable with the idea of using raw materials like oyster shells in their compost piles. If you’re concerned about contamination, then there are also commercially available compost mixes that you can make use of. These mixes are usually full of harmful chemicals that can ruin the effect of what composting is supposed to do. This might be okay for other types of organic matter, but this isn’t the case when it comes to using materials like these. So you’ll need to decide whether you want to go ahead and use oyster shells in your compost or not.
It’s a good thing that there’s a very easy way to make your own natural compost using oyster shells. A box full of them will do the trick, although you will need a few different boxes stacked on top of each other to make a big compost pile. Plus, you need to ensure that the oyster shells in your compost pile are clean and dry before you start using them. Adding sawdust or grass clippings to the mix will only ruin your efforts. When you’re ready to add the natural materials to your compost heap, just rake up some natural materials and spread them in an evenly distributed fashion inside your compost bin.