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