Beginner’s Guide to Composting



Composting can be achieved with the help of worms, black soldier fly larvae, fenced-in piles in your yard, or in rotating tumblers from your local hardware store.

Whether you live in the city or country, a house or apartment, and with or without a backyard, keep reading to discover how you can get started composting at home.

Identify a Space for a Backyard Compost or a Neighborhood Dropoff Location

It’s essential right out of the gate to pick a good location for your compost bin—or, if you don’t have a yard, to determine where you will deliver the organic matter you collect.

Decide Which Method Is Best for You

The most common is open-air composting, which is just what it sounds like: creating a pile with food scraps and other biodegradable matter that is regularly turned or rotated.

Know the Difference Between Brown vs. Green Items

It’s important to have a balance of green and brown items in your compost pile—a ratio of 4 to 1 green-to-brown ratio is ideal. 

Avoid Composting Items That Can Attract Vermin

To avoid vermin, you can keep dairy and meat products out of your pile. You can also utilize bins or tumblers, which will keep organic waste off the ground and enclosed, or chicken coop fencing to keep animals at bay.

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