A Beginner’s Guide To Composting

Composting—the act of recycling organic matter, from food to lawn clippings—keeps biodegradable materials out of the waste stream while adding beneficial nutrients to the soil.

We have a 10-step beginners’ guide to composting that will get you started turning your food scraps and yard waste into “black gold”!

Beginner’s Guide To Composting:10-Step Guide

Identify a space for a backyard compost It’s important to have your compost decomposing in a tumbler, tiered bin system, or fenced-in pile well away from an open window of your house.

Decide which method is best for you The most common is open-air composting. Direct compost is similar except that biodegradable materials get added directly to the ground.

Know the difference between brown vs. green items It’s important to have a balance of green and brown items in your compost pile—a ratio of 4 to 1 green-to-brown ratio is ideal.

Avoid composting items that can attract vermin No one wants rats, flies, or other critters getting into your compost.