Composting 101: Part One

April 18, 2017

Sometimes things seem way more mysterious and difficult than they really are. Composting is one of them. During Earth Week, we'll take a look at this one act that can make a big difference for waste savings and greener gardens. Hopefully this brief primer will convince you to start your own composting process because it is the most beneficial thing you can do for your garden. And the best part: if you tend to a small garden or large one, anyone can do it! Don't have a patch of land that's your own? Consider joining a local community garden.

Composting: what is it?

Composting is nothing more than managing the decomposing process of organic material, whether it’s the fruit and vegetable scraps left over from mealtime, grass clippings, or leaves from the yard. It's an easy and efficient way to take routine bio-based waste and turn it into something valuable!

Why do it?

It’s great for the environment by supercharging your soil with nutrients and promotes plants that are much healthier and more productive. Plus, it saves you money since you may not have to buy fertilizer to improve your soil. You'll be on your way to organic gardening in no time!

Is it really easy?

Yes! All you need is a collection bin (two are even better, as you’ll in our next "how-to" blog), a shovel, a pitchfork to turn the compost with, and time. There are lots of different kinds of collection bins; At our offices, we use a rotating one, but you can make your own simple open box type from wood.


Of course, the size of your composting bin depends on the amount of materials you have to put in it. Think about the amount of food waste you typically generate in a month. For most people one that is 2-3 feet square and 2-3 feet tall is about right. It’s not rocket science; no need to be too precise! For daily food scrap collection in your kitchen, have a small compost collection bin where it's handy, like our Scrap Happy composting bin that hooks on your cabinets for ease of collection when cooking and stores temporarily in the freezer to keep odors and smell at bay!

Next time: How to fill and care for your composting bin.




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