How to Compost

Composting is the process of taking organic, biodegradable materials and allowing them to decompose into soil. There are so many great benefits of composting, including keeping waste out of landfills, and the benefits of having rich soil that you can use for gardening.

Composting is a fairly easy process, and it is a great way to make your home more eco-friendly.

What you need

  • Compost crock
  • Compost bin
  • Shovel or other tool for turning the compost
  • optional – compost accelerator

To get started

Set up your compost bin outdoors. Some towns offer discounted compost bins, or you can often find bins at local garden supply stores. is a great option, such as the Soil Saver Classic Compost bin or the Redmon Culture 65 Gallon Compost Bin.

You will need some kind of tool to turn the compost regularly, such as a shovel.

Indoors, set up a compost crock. This could be on the counter, under the sink, or wherever is most convenient.  I recommend something like a Ceramic  or Stainless Steel compost crock. There is also the BioBag Composting Bucket that has biodegradable bags. This way, you never have to clean out the compost bin – just bring the whole bag to the compost.

What you can compost

You can compost all sorts of organic materials, from banan peels to tea bags. Avoid greasy items such as cheese or meat. Avoid things that may take a really long time to break down, such as coconut shells. If you want to try adding some harder items (like corn cobs), you can try cutting or chopping them up to help with biodegrading.

Tips for active compost

It will take a while to get enough biodegradable material to start getting active decomposition.

You can add in grass clippings and leaves.

Make sure there is some moisture in the compost, and you do not want it to be too dry or saturated.

If you are starting off with composting, or you want to accelerate the process, you can buy a compost accelerator.

What do you think?

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  • Tara Pittman
    January 23, 2024

    These are good tips. I have a shovel by my compost pile and I use it to break up the food scraps.

  • Amber Myers
    January 24, 2024

    I might have to try this. My mom does it and says it’s easy and after reading this, I think I can try it out.

  • Lavanda Michelle
    January 24, 2024

    The recommendations for compost bins and crocks are super helpful, and I’m excited to start turning my kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich soil.

  • Monidipa Dutta
    January 24, 2024

    Composting is a fantastic way to turn kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich soil for plants. Collect food scraps like fruit peels and coffee grounds in a compost bin. Add dry materials such as leaves or newspaper to maintain balance. Stir occasionally, and in a few weeks, you’ll have black gold for your garden! Thanks for considering this eco-friendly practice. Happy composting!

  • LisaLisa
    January 24, 2024

    I’ve been thinking about doing this for the last year and I think I’m going to invest in a few bins and start. Thanks for reminding me, great post.

  • Beautiful Touches
    January 24, 2024

    Composting is such a great way to reduce waste and give back. I miss my compost bins!

  • Gervin Khan
    January 24, 2024

    People should learn more about composing! It save the environment a lot!

  • Catalina
    January 24, 2024

    I’ve always wanted to compost, but I didn’t know where to start. Your post is a fantastic guide for beginners like me. The recommendation for specific compost bins and crocks, especially the BioBag Composting Bucket with biodegradable bags, makes the process seem more doable.

  • vidya
    January 24, 2024

    I seriously want to start composting – on a small scale at least – this year.. so this is timely

  • Agnes
    January 24, 2024

    I do a little or some part of our waste into compost. I sometime donate it to my neighbor who is into vegetable gardening.

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    January 26, 2024

    I haven’t tried composting. I think it’s time I should give it a try.