How to Make Compost

By the end of this article, you will know how to make compost.

DIY Composting

One of the biggest misconceptions that people have about composting is that it’s only for farms… and that is absolutely wrong!

This gardening technique has become an extremely popular practice in both urban and rural settings. What we really like about it is that it’s super simple, cost effective and eco-friendly.

We really love to reduce costs, recycle and reuse materials whenever we can, and if that’s like you then this post on how to make compost will help you out.

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What can be composted?

Here’s a good infographic about what you can compost for you to get a general understanding… we’ll list 20 items you can compost later in this article.

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If you really want to learn more about how compost piles work, check out this article –> How Do Compost Piles Work

 

Here is a list of 20 items you can compost:

1. Dryer lint

2. “Dust bunnies”

3. The insides of a vacuum bag (just empty the bag into the compost bin)

4. The contents of your dustpan (just use discretion)

5. Coffee grounds

6. Coffee filters

7. Tea bags/loose leaf tea

8. Soy/rice/almond/etc milk

9. Nut shells (but not walnut, which may be toxic to plants)

10. Pumpkin/sunflower/sesame seeds (chop them to ensure they won’t grow)

11. Avocado pits (chop them up so they won’t sprout)

12. Pickles

13. Stale tortilla chips/potato chips

14. Stale crackers

15. Crumbs (bread or other baked goods)

16. Old breakfast cereal

17. Bran (wheat or oat, etc)

18. Seaweed/nori/kelp

19. Tofu/tempeh

20. Frozen fruits and vegetables

(for a list of 81 items you can copy read this –> How to Make Compost)

How do you get started DIY composting?

Here are some pretty nifty tips to have the most successful compost pile:

  1. Start on bare earth. This allows organisms from the ground (like worms and bacteria) to access the soil and begin doing their part of the process.
  2. Shred your leaves. Shredding results in premium mulch that is much easier to transport. If you are having an unsuccessful heap, you can easily remedy the problem by shredding, which allows for greater aeration of the pile.
  3. Add a nitrogen supplement. Manure is one of the best nitrogen sources for your pile, but you an also use hay and kitchen scraps. Layering your nitrogen sources will produce the best results.
  4. Turn your heap every three to four days. Some may recommend turning your pile every three weeks, but turning it every few days will guarantee composting success. Because your leaves have been shredded, they are much lighter and fluffier, making them easy to handle.
  5. Consider a compost bin or tumbler. These are not necessary, but convenient for small yards where a more compact pile would be more preferable. Tips 1-4 still apply when using a bin or tumbler.

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