Composting for Beginners 

 

Check out two of my  Facebook Live Videos on composting for beginners and how to get started gardening. The first video shows how to make your own simple DIY compost bin for $10! This is very easy to do it yourself garden hack for those new to gardening, farming, or wanting to cut down on landfill use.

What you need:
1. A trash can,(any size) with a snap locking lid. I used a $10, large 32-gallon trashcan since I plan on using and selling compost at my meditation retreat. If you live in a small space, use a smaller container with a lid.
2. Drill, with a 3/8th drill bit to drill holes on the top, bottom, and sides.

 

Composting for beginners is cheap to get started. There’s no need to buy a compost bin for $50 or more.

 

The second video for composting for beginners shows garden tips on how to start composting. Composting is easy to do.

How to Start: 

1. Start with a layer of brown first: dry leaves, small twigs

2. Next layer with green: vegetable and fruit scraps from your kitchen, yard clippings, coffee grinds, tea leaves, eggshells

3. Last layer with moist dirt

4. Turn the compost with a pitchfork, shovel, or stick every three days

5. Repeat each of the steps every time you add your kitchen scraps.

Note: Don’t put a lot of citrus in the compost (orange, lemon, lime, etc) This makes compost too acidic. The same goes for pine needles. Pine needles take 2-4 months to break down. They lose their low acidity level as they naturally break down in nature.

 

 

Do Not Use:

1. Meat

2. Dairy

3. Oil, Salad dressing

4. Butter

5. Pet or Human Feces

 

The middle of your compost will get warm as it expands. Make sure to add every layer to ensure a good mixture of carbon and nitrogen to make good compost. You should see worms in your mixture in about three months. Worms mean that your compost is healthy!

Composting for beginners is very easy to get started.  There’s nothing at all to be intimidated by. Happy gardening!