How To Compost


Composting can be extremely easy with the right directions. There are also many reasons why you should try it!

Like being able to end up with great soil to do additional gardening with later and you’re using kitchen scraps and waste out in a different way besides just going to a landfill. You will also be providing worms with a great home during the composting period.

So why not try it out at least once?

Here are some really basic steps to follow on how to compost that will get you going in the right direction.



  • Sealed bucket or container to store kitchen scraps

  • Spading Fork

  • Partially shaded spot in your yard


What Can You Compost?

  • Kitchen scraps

  • raw fruits

  • vegetables

  • egg shells

  • Coffee grounds and the filter

  • Newspapers, non-glossy cardboard, paper towels

  • Leaves (brown for carbon and green for nitrogen rich)

  • Grass clippings

  • Plant & flower clippings

  • Yard waste
Photo Credit: Jon Anderson

What can’t be composted?

  • Meats

  • Dairy products

  • Processed foods

  • Plastic

  • Man made substances

  • Metals


How to Compost:

  • Keep your compost bucket in your kitchen.

  • After cutting veggies or fruit, toss the scraps in the bucket. Coffee grounds can get thrown in filter and all. Egg shells (believe it or not) are also great for your compost.

  • When the bucket is full, dump your scraps outside in the compost pile. Your pile doesn’t have to be anything special.

  • A shady spot is ideal so the pile doesn’t get dried out. If you’ve had a dry spell for a while, go ahead and water the pile.

  • Occasionally throw in some torn up strips of newspaper to add some “carbon” source to the pile. The key to a healthy compost is to have a good mixture of green (nitrogen rich) vs. brown (carbon rich) materials. Don’t overload on grass clippings or yard waste.

  • Flip some fresh soil on top of the scraps and walk away! That’s it. Go back in 2-3 weeks and check on the progress of your magnificent garden soil.




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