Composting Tips

Starting and keeping a compost bin can take some time and maintenance.  It is good to know what goes into keeping a healthy compost pile that will yield wonderful soil. It can be slow-going in the beginning while you learn how to put together just the right compost pile, but it is very easy to learn!

Have an indoor composting crock

Keep a composting crock in the kitchen, either on your counter or underneath the sink, or wherever works best for you. This way, you can have a compost bin right in the kitchen that you only need to empty periodically. It prevents insects such as fruit flies from getting into your food scraps as well.

Chop materials

It helps to chop up materials as you add them, to help them break down more easily, especially if they are larger items or those that are more solid, such as corn cobs, Halloween pumpkins, etc.

Keep a good ratio

As you add to your compost, keep in mind having a lower amount of brown material (leaves, etc) and more green materials.

Aerate and water

Compost should be regularly turned to help aerate the materials.  This will help them to breakdown more easily, and reduce bad odors from lack of oxygen.  Also keep an eye on the moisture content of your compost, as you don’t want the pile to dry out. Have some tools on hand such as a shovel or pitchfork to help mix the compost pile.

Build quantity

It takes a while to build a large enough pile for the compost to be actively breaking down.

Avoid certain items

Avoid things such as greasy foods, cheeses, meats, dairy, bones, etc. These types of things will not be beneficial to the compost pile and will cause the compost to smell badly, attract pests, and so on.

Use accelerator if you need

Don’t be afraid to use a compost accelerator! This can be helpful especially in the beginning stages of putting together a compost pile, since it takes a while for it to build up and generate enough heat to break down.

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22 Comments
  • Amber Myers
    February 13, 2024

    I might have to start doing this. My mom does it and says it’s easy. I’ll keep your tips in mind.

  • Jamie
    February 13, 2024

    Great tips!! I need to find a big barrel or something that I can turn into a compost bin. It’s hard up here when it freezes to do it on the ground. 🙁

  • Tara Pittman
    February 13, 2024

    I have just started composting. This is very useful information for me.

  • Christy G
    February 14, 2024

    I’m unable to have a compost pile due to landlord rules and regulations. It’s something I’d be curious on doing so I can help with the environment.

  • vidya
    February 14, 2024

    thanks for these tips.. composting is something i have been seriously thinking of but somehow have never gotten to.. maybe this year after i get our garden going

  • LavandaMIchelle
    February 14, 2024

    I’ll definitely keep these tips in mind as I continue on my composting journey. T

  • Dana
    February 14, 2024

    I have always wanted to compost. We are moving into a new home, and it would be a great transition time to start composting!

  • Melanie E
    February 14, 2024

    I don’t compost at the moment as I live in a flat but I’m glad I saw this. We are hoping to move to a home in the next year or two and I want to grow my own veg and make my own compost.

  • Catalina
    February 14, 2024

    I’ve been wanting to start composting for a while now, but felt overwhelmed by the process. Your tip about keeping an indoor composting crock is genius!

  • Jen
    February 15, 2024

    I’ve heard about composting, but wasn’t aware of all the steps. Thanks for ‘breaking down’ the process (no pun intended).

  • Marie Gizelle
    February 16, 2024

    If we only have a backyard or garden, I’d do these, back in the countryside, we have so many plants and trees that composting is a normal thing! Great tips!

  • Laura
    February 20, 2024

    We have had a compost heap for years, it took us a while to get the hang of it but now it is pretty established and gives us the richest, most gorgeous compost.

  • Marie Cris Angeles
    February 20, 2024

    Ooh! We all need these tips. I will share this with my family and friends.

  • Lisa
    February 20, 2024

    As a new gardener these composting tips are so helpful. I’ll also share them with my mamma as she loves being in the garden especially in spring.

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    February 20, 2024

    Great tips on composting, it really is such an easy and sensible thing to do. We do have a little food waste bucket in our kitchen which all of the scraps and vegetable peelings go into before they go to the compost.

  • Lavanda
    February 20, 2024

    I recently started composting and a composting accelerator really does wonders! I didn’t know there were such foods to avoid though, thanks for the share!!

  • Beth
    February 20, 2024

    The amount of compost material it takes to effectively start the process is what surprised me when we began composting. It really didn’t start to break down effectively until we had quite a pile!

  • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    February 20, 2024

    This blog post offers invaluable insights into starting and maintaining a compost bin effectively. The tips provided, like using an indoor composting crock and chopping materials for faster decomposition, make the process seem manageable and convenient. Learning to create a healthy compost pile may take some time and effort, but the benefits of nutrient-rich soil are well worth it in the end. Thanks for sharing these practical tips for aspiring composters!

  • Tammy
    February 20, 2024

    Composting is an amazing way to cut back on food waste. I’ve been looking for new composters…thank you so much for these tips on how to do so efficiently.

  • Melanie E
    February 20, 2024

    I’ve not composted before so didn’t realise you had to mix green and brown materials and should stick to certain ratios. Cutting food waste makes sense so they break down more easily.

  • Rosey
    February 21, 2024

    My daughter in law is the queen of composting and I have been learning from here. I’m glad to see you sharing tips here too!

  • Rhian Scammell
    February 21, 2024

    We do product quite a bit of food waste and I’ve never really thought of composting before, but I think I need to. Some great tips here for someone who has no idea where to start x