- Location, location, location
- Needs good water drainage
- Partially shaded spot is best
- Materials: Always feed your bin with equal amounts of greens and browns and make sure to layer the material.
- Moisture: Keep your pile damp with light watering, as needed. Note that if it's too wet, the materials will become too high in carbon (brown).
- Aerate: Turn your pile frequently.
- If all steps are followed properly, you should have compost in two to three months
- To speed up process, add new materials in tiny pieces, aerate your pile more often and add a layer of garden soil or manure.
- Piles are ready when there is no longer traces of green or brown material.
- The bottom of your pile will show signs of completion before the top.
- Bread (no butter)
- coffee grounds/filters
- egg shells
- fruit scrapes
- house plants
- vegetable scraps
- grass (limited amounts)
- dryer lint
- grass clippings
- dried grass clippings
- small sticks and twigs
- natural cotton and wool rags
- Barbecue charcoal
- dairy products
- diseased or insect-infested plants
- weeds with mature seeds
Continue to compost as normal as a little snow or sub-zero temperatures doesn’t put an end to the biological process of composting. Save fall leaves or dry grass clippings to use throughout the winter.