Composting on the cheap, a crash course

Large well made compost bin

Large well made compost bin

Composting is easy, it’s a cheap and easy way to enrich you soil whether it be flower and shrub beds or your garden plot. Anything that has ever been alive can be composted. All that is needed is a place that is twice as large as your compost pile. I recommend a location near the back of your yard. Under the best conditions your going to have insect visitors at or near your compost pile.

Never try to compost any type of meat. Even when covered with compost materials meat eaters like dogs, cats, rats, wolf, coyotes, bears, skunks and other undesirables can smell the meat and will dig it out of your compost pile.

What can be composted? Anything that has ever been alive. Plant materials are most often what people compost but you can also compost all household garbage, vegetables, fruit, coffee, tea grounds, egg shells. I compost everything except meat and meat products to include fish and fish products and my dog and cat droppings. I keep one of those plastic store bags handy in my kitchen to use as a compost bag and dump it into my compost pile once everyday or so. Then dispose of the bag as house hold waste.

Simple pallet compost bin

Simple pallet compost bin

My staple compost materials are grass hay or wheat straw hay used as bedding in my goat shed and as litter in my chicken coop. I don’t have very much in the way of grass clippings but that also go’s on the compost pile with any tree and bush clippings, tree leaves in the fall and all my old plants removed from my garden, flower and shrub beds. All that is needed is a place to contain your compost pile and make it easy for you to stir and rotate your compost pile.

United States EPA web site. You are paying for it so please use it as a good reference site.

Composting will save you a lot of money buying fertilizers and your garden will be chemical free.  Plants will grow better, faster and produce more while improving your garden soil year after year.  Compost, have fun and eat healthy.


6 responses to “Composting on the cheap, a crash course

  1. It just occurred to me as I read your post that having my compost right next to my garden although very convenient could be attracting unwanted garden pests! Do you think?


  2. My first composter (and one I still use) was a garbage can with nail holes in the bottom. It made GREAT dirt and was cheap-and-easy. I loaded it up all Summer and Fall, then forgot about it all Winter. In the Spring…. magic!


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