Composting for beginners probably seems like an intimidating or scary task, but in actuality, it’s pretty easy to get started! Composting helps reduce the amount of waste your family is putting into a landfill while giving your garden a healthy boost! If you are ready to start composting, check out these composting tips for beginners.
When starting compost, begin first by collecting brown items around your yard. This includes things like leaves, twigs, and even plant clippings. I love to fill my compost bin after I clean up around the yard!
Gathered your brown things? Now it’s time to go for the green! Add grass clippings, green leaves, or newspaper in at this stage. You can include coffee or tea grounds here as well!
Now it’s time to go through your garbage! Well, kind of. Now is the time to add things like egg shells, non-citrus plants and vegetables of any sort.Most of the fruits and veggies you eat can be easily compostable!
NEVER ADD FATTY ITEMS LIKE MEAT OR GREASE. THIS WILL ATTRACT BUGS AND OTHER PESTS. Even salad with a dressing on it CANNOT be composted. NO OIL. NO BUGS. NO PROBLEM. I speak from personal experience!
Break all kitchen waste into tiny pieces. This will help speed up the process.
After you’ve added your ingredients, add in a bit of potting soil! This helps speed the process along and works as a great compost “starter.”
Water heavily after the potting soil has been added. Once watered. You’ll want to use a composting pitchfork (found here) to turn the soil. Turning the soil allows oxygen to rejuvinate the compost pile; speeding up the composting process.
If you keep the soil moist, and the pile turned you should have usable compost in 5-6 weeks. See? Isn’t composting for beginners super easy?
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