Hi again folks!
I was giving a lecture last week and a lovely lady asked me a question at the end about composting and how one should go about starting! I was a little lost for words since there are quite a lot of methods, however, here I have pulled together quite a few and even created small info-graphics about the very basics of starting your own compost! I give all the credit to the absolutely amazing book “The Urban/Suburban Composter” by Mark Cullen and Lorraine Johnson. I highly recommend checking this out at your local library if you’re looking for a very in-depth view on composting methods!
I only cover how to build a holding unit, however, there are many types of composting methods that work.
Ok, so maybe you don’t really want to build your own composter- what can you do?
There are dozens of composters all set up and ready to go available online or at home-improvement stores such as Home Depot and local hardware stores. This is a wonderful link for those of you who are aiming to just go out and purchase a Composter:
Keep in mind, though that you don’t necessarily need the most expensive Composter on the market to do the job. Any container with a lid will do. Heck! You don’t even need a container at all if you dig a deep enough hole outside and layer it properly!
I, personally, own a tabletop composter to collect scraps of food from the kitchen in before taking it outside to toss into a rather large compost tumbler. The tumbler is a good option for those of you with patio/backyard space that plan on mainly composting food scraps. This is a minimal-maintenance approach to composting. You toss in your nitrogen, top it with 20x more carbon and close it. Then, once a week, you turn it. That’s all.
I do want to give an honorable mention to vermicomposting which harnesses the power of worms to compost in a fast and efficient manner. I will be starting this process here soon and will update you with how it goes!
Here are a few excerpts from the book that you may find useful!
“My passion for compost stems from observance of a very basic rule of life- put things back in their place after you’re finished with them”- Mark Cullen
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions on composting or would like more information on the methods not covered here!