How to Compost in 5 Easy Steps

Posted: February 2, 2012 in Available on Etsy Now
  1. Find a location for your compost pile.
  2. Put all your compostables in an old coffee can and stick in the freezer until full.
  3. Empty coffee compost can into compost area.  Top with 3 coffee cans of shredded paper.
  4. Add about 1 to 1-1/2 coffee cans of water to freshly dumped paper. (need to make sure compost pile is damp but not wet. – like a wrung out sponge)
  5. Stir and chop compost once a day topping with loose soil.

Ok here’s what I did last year and it worked beautifully.

I kept all my compost materials in a coffee can with a lid in the freezer (so I wouldn’t have the smell).  When I was ready to dump the compost I would take it out of the freezer at least 30 minutes before, to allow it to defrost a bit.  If you don’t, you might find it kind of hard to dump out the solid mass of kitchen waste.

I obtained a heavy-duty cross-cut shredder with a pull out basket and all of my junk mail got shredded (I didn’t have to bother opening most of it).  When the shredder got full I would dump it into a large trash can (35-55 gallon) with a lid.  I didn’t want to store all the shredded stuff in the house so I tucked it in the back yard close to the garden.

Every time I dump the table scraps from the house I also make sure I dump 3 coffee cans of shredded paper on top.  As long as you keep the ratio roughly 1:3 you will be fine.  I also mix and chop up all the goodies in the compost area and mix the new stuff in really good.  Don’t forget to mix in some soil too.  The point is to churn everything up really good because the bacteria and microbes that decompose the kitchen waste need oxygen just as much as we do!

When I’m done getting air to everything, I then moisten the whole pile with 1 to 2 coffee cans of water and stir it up (microbes like a warm, moist environment, but be cautious with your water because the microbes can drown too.  You keep them happy they work harder.)

I go out every other day and stir things up just to make sure there is enough air.  If the pile seems a bit dry, I add a little more water to it to keep it moist.  Make sure you keep the whole pile mounded a bit, so excess rainwater will drain off, you don’t want a soggy mess.

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