I’ve been composting for a month or so now, and I think I have it down… kind-of. I thought I would share a quick 101 to show you just how easy it is to get started.
- Buy a kitchen bin. Like this, or this. There’s a filter in the top so there’s no smell.
- Identify a community compost collector. There may be a small business, like Naples Compost, that’s starting collecting locally, or your city waste management may have a program available as well.
- OR if your local community doesn’t have this option (my immediate community did not), buy a quick-turning compost bin for your patio or yard. Here’s the one I bought, shown below, but there’s lots of options available online.
- I also purchased compost accelerator, because ain’t nobody got time to waste.
- Start collecting your kitchen and yard scraps. So much can be composted that you wouldn’t even think of – used napkins, leaves, cardboard, (brown scraps), veggie and fruit ends (green scraps), etc. I’ve included a full list below for reference.
- Place all these items in your kitchen bin as you go throughout the week.
- Whenever the kitchen bin gets full, empty into the large compost bin, or prepare for the waste pick up. Mine fills up every 4-5 days because we use a lot of produce. The first time you dump scraps into the bin, throw a little compost accelerator.
- Put your compost bin somewhere where it will get sun and it’s okay if it does get wet from the rain, etc. I put mine inside the porch because we do have wild animals, and although it doesn’t smell – I didn’t want to draw more attention than needed.
- Once a week, rotate your compost bin 360-degrees.
- They key to composting is to make sure you keep double the amount of brown scraps to green scraps… that was my mistake! I didn’t have enough brown originally, and the bin became really smelly and festered with fruit flies – I’m saying a LOT of flies! Bad news. So be sure you collect leaves, cardboard, etc. to balance out all your table scraps
- Two (or so) weeks later enjoy fresh soil. Sprinkle in your garden and enjoy the circle of food!
Here’s a handy list of what’s considered “Green” vs. “Brown” and what to avoid in your compost bin.
Do you compost?