What You Need…
- A container: Choose a 3’ x 3’ x 3’ container that is made of wood or even hard plastic. For small scale composting recycle an old, large garbage can and simply drill a hole in the bottom of the container for drainage.
- Find a shady spot: Compost thrives in a shaded environment. Choose an area in your yard that doesn’t get a ton of sun throughout the day.
- Browns and greens: Browns include leaves, wood chips, straw, branches, and the like. Greens are eggshells, grass, carrot tops and so forth.
- Manure: This is optional, but ideal if you want to get the most out of your compost.
- Water hose: You’ll need to water your compost occasionally, so get a water hose if you don’t have one.
- Pitchfork: Trust
us, you’ll want this tool if you’re mixing or moving compost.
How to Do It…
- Compost requires a three to one ratio for browns and greens. Browns are carbon-rich and greens are nitrogen rich.
- Start by adding those carbon-rich browns to your barrel. Once those are good and packed in. You can start adding your greens.
- When it’s time to add new material, use your pitchfork, to dig a hole and then add in the new stuff. Mix it thoroughly with the old compost.
- Finally, add water. You’ll want to do this occasionally to moisten the mixture to keep bacteria and microbes consuming the contents.
Tips for Composting
- Include activators like chicken manure, earthworms, and comfrey leaves to help break down the greens and browns.
- Steaming compost piles are a good sign that your hard work is paying off, so don’t panic if you see it coming from your pile!
- Reduce odors by leaving out meat scraps and bones in your compost.