Here are our quick and easy steps for starting a compost. You can begin a compost by creating a tidy heap on the ground or building a more permanent compost bin made from scrap wood or reusable pallets as seen in the photo. If you have limited space such as living in an apartment and would like to begin a compost see my post on Crate Composting – Alternative for Winter or Small Space Living.
The compost pile itself doesn’t require much work or time to start the compost. It truly is quick and easy. You can save money on soil for your garden, lawn, and garden containers. Another great thing about starting a compost pile is it doesn’t cost you any money. You reduce the amount of your garbage by composting or recycling your egg shells, nut shells, coffee grinds, fruit and vegetable scraps. Trust me, it doesn’t cost you any money and it can save you money! How cool is that?
Our simple to follow, step by step instructions for starting a compost:
- Gather the right materials – food scraps, yard waste, provide oxygen by turning the compost, add water only when dry
- Select a compost site close to your water source
- Start by alternating yard waste layers with food scraps, mix the yard waste with the food scraps periodically
- Test compost for readiness – as the food scraps and yard waste breaks down it becomes darker and darker, the appearance becomes the color of rich, organic soil
- Mix your organic compost soil into your garden containers, garden beds, and lawn yard
By following these quick and easy steps, you reduce your garbage waste, reuse your kitchen scraps and lawn waste, and create recycled compost for your yard. Composting is a great way to celebrate Earth Day! Let us know what you think.
For additional information and specifics on food and yard organic materials see my How to Save Money on Soil by Starting a Compost post. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us in the comments below. We always are ready to help you out.