How to Compost

 Have you been wanting to compost but aren’t sure how? There are several ways you can do it and none are very difficult. Let me walk you through them.

Let a rabbit do the work for you:

We keep our rabbits around because they are great compost for our garden. Their waste will not burn plants like that from chickens and many other animals. You can scoop it out of the rabbit cage directly onto your garden. Just feed them your fruit and vegetable scraps and let them create compost for you. Once they expel it, load up your wheelbarrow and dump it in your garden. It sounds easy because it is easy. You just have to feed them and scoop the poop. That’s it.

 

Let worms do the work:

Vermicomposting is when you put all your compost in a bin for the worms to make into rich compost. To get started you will need a wooden or plastic container with drilled holes for worms to breathe. You then get enough shredded paper or cardboard (aka bedding) to fill your bin 2/3 of the way but don’t put it in your bin yet. Fill another container with water and put your bedding in for about 24 hours to soak up as  much water as possible before transferring it to your vermicompost bin. After your bedding has soaked up water transfer it to your bin and cover it with kitchen scraps (mainly vegetable is best to start). If you are allergic to mold or mildew keep this bin outside as a certain amount of mildew is part of the process.

Use an open compost bin:

If you are willing to wait a little longer to have usable compost, build or purchase a compost bin that you transfer scraps into. Just remember you need to layer brown scraps and green scraps. That means use dead leaves, straw, or grass clippings in between your produce and egg shells. You can use a large jar in your kitchen and take it out when it gets full if you don’t want to hike to the compost bin after every meal in the wintertime. Take your shovel and mix it up from time to time to really get the process of decomposition going.

Use a tumbler: 

This method is similar to using an open compost bin but your compost is hidden from view in a tumbler. You then just turn your tumbler to mix up your compost. You can buy these or make one with a 55 gallon drum, a pipe, wood, and some power tools. These are kept outside but here again you can transfer from a smaller jar inside if you want to.

Let me hear from you:

Do you have any specific tips for composting? I would love to hear them!