Backyard Composting

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Composting tips

  • Location, location, location
  • Needs good water drainage
  • Partially shaded spot is best

Composting 3-Step

  • Materials-always feed your bin with equal amounts of greens and browns, make sure to layer the material
  • Moisture-keep your pile as damp, if too wet the materials will become too high in carbon (brown) if too dry, lightly water
  • Aerate-your pile by turning it over frequently

Finished Compost

  • If all steps are followed properly, you should have compost in 2-3 months
  • 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 the is no longer traces of GREENS or BROWNS
  • Bottom of your pile will show signs of completion before the top.

Compost Materials


  • Bread (no butter), coffee grounds/filters, egg shells, fruit scrapes, house plants, vegetable scraps, feathers, grass (limited amounts), hair.


  • Sawdust, dryer lint, grass clippings, dried grass clippings, leaves, woodchips, straw, small sticks & twigs, natural cotton and wool rags.


  • Barbecue charcoal, fish, meats, dairy products, bones, oils, fats, diseased or insect infested plants, feces, weeds with mature seeds

Winter Composting

Continue to compost as normal as a little snow or sub-zero temperatures doesn’t mean the end. Save fall leaves or dry grass clippings to use throughout the winter.