Home Composting Basics

How To Compost

We provide a lot of composter reviews and a lot of great prices for all the various compost bins available, but the best composter in the world will never give optimal results if you do not follow some home composting basics that will allow you to maximize the efficiency of your composting and the final product.

Let’s take a look at how to get the best possible compost in the shortest possible time-frame.

Home Composting

Most of us are not interested in producing compost on an industrial scale, we want our home composting to be simple and straightforward and to involve a minimal amount of physical labor if at all possible. We want a great friable compost that is going to increase the productivity of our gardens and vegetable plots.

You will find graphs and charts all over the Web claiming that we need an exact ratio of nitrogen and a pinch of this and a a small amount of that, and as far as we are concerned it is simply misleading.

We have been producing high quality compost for decades, and we do nothing but the basics that all successful composters do. We pick the right organic matter to begin with and then use a good quality compost bin to make sure that we produce our compost in the most efficient manner possible.

Composting Basics

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There are a few composting basics that will basically ensure that what you produce is going to be a very high quality friable compost that will do nothing but good in the long run to your garden, plants, and vegetables.

It does not need to be rocket science, we simply need to pick some high quality materials to begin with. We want organic matter that is going to turn in to great compost and this is where we need to start.

What Can You Compost?

Any good quality raw organic matter is perfect for the compost heap. Here are some of the materials that we recommend:

  • All raw kitchen scraps
  • coffee waste (the liquid and the grounds)
  • tea bags
  • any spoiled fruits or vegetables
  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • weeds
  • paper and card
  • ash

That is just a small selection of what you can actually use to put in to your compost. But basically any organic matter, preferably in the raw state is going to do nothing but good.

How To Make The Best Compost

There are some basic directions that we need to follow to make the absolute best compost. We need to think of it in layers and in terms of a diverse amount of raw materials. We will ideally add different materials at different times.

This means that we should be storing our kitchen scraps in a Kitchen Compost Pail so that we make a trip to the compost bin only every few days. This will be a nice diverse mix of daily peelings an the remains of drinks like coffee and tea.

We should also be adding a suitable amount of grass clippings, weeds and leaves as they are available. But we do not want to add buckets and buckets full of these materials at one time unless we have a nice selection. Better to store a large pile of leaves of grass clippings and add them over time as they can then be mixed up with other materials to help the composting process to proceed as fast as possible.

As long as we maintain a healthy mix of materials we will get an amazing finished product. We like to keep it simple and really at the most basic that is all there is to the process. Keep anything that will possibly compost and add it in with other material for a great mix of organic matter. See the how to make good compost guide for more information on keeping the compost moist.

Picking A Compost Bin

We have looked at a large number of the best compost bins here and it really does come down to personal preference. If you want to make compost in just a few short weeks then there is no doubt that the range of compost tumblers is by far the best choice. Our personal favorite being the Achla compost tumbler. Compost tumblers are the absolute best way to make high quality compost in the shortest possible time-frame.

But don’t discount more innovative ideas like the Worm Factory range. Our best advice is to search around the site and take a look at the various options, each is more suitable than the other, depending on the size of the garden and of course you personal preference.

Keep it simple, compost all of your organic matter and in no time you will have the best garden in the area thanks to your composting efforts.