Steps to Composting:
1: Have a Kitchen Compost Bin Pail. You can buy them or you can make one yourself.
2: Choose the best outdoor composting option for you and your family. There are open and closed methods.
3: Pick out a location for your compost pile or compost bin tumbler outside. Location, Location, Location! Make it convenient and easy to get to, but also away from animals you don't want to have in your compost. Keep in mind what items you are going to be taking to the compost and how often (kitchen scraps, garden scraps, animal barn straw and manure, grass clippings, etc etc). If you live in the city like we do it really isn't a big deal where we put the compost pile because our yard is so small it is relatively close to everything!
4: Fill it up! Know what to compost and what NOT to compost! (Basically just don't compost meat, dairy, cooked food, or dog or cat poo). You can also look into getting some earth worms at your local bait shop to put into your compost...any earthworm is great, but the best for your compost are "red wigglers".
5: Wait! This is the most important part and is also the part that can vary. If your compost has the exact amount of moisture and air flow it could be ready in as little as 6 weeks...so Ive heard! (Ours usually sits in the first rotation location for about 6-10 weeks then is turned over into the second rotation location for another 6-10 weeks and then depending on if it is ready from there it may go to location 3 for another 6-10 weeks before being sifted into rich compost for the garden.)
6: Rotate it! Depending on the method you choose you may or may not need to turn the pile every 6 weeks or so to allow some airflow and even composting. Make sure your compost gets even moisture and heat to help breakdown the pile quickly and effectively. Use a pitch fork to help turn and check the center of your compost pile.
8: Lay it on your garden beds and watch your plants grow!
This is FREE fertilizer and it is the very best thing you can do for your garden! We don't have any special compost structures or equipment, just some time and work! Give composting a try it really isn't that hard...besides you just be throwing the stuff away anyway :)