Increase your self-reliance by building good, nutrient-rich soil through backyard composting. Collecting your yard material and kitchen scraps at home provides the opportunity to build soil for use on plants, vegetables, and flowers indoors and out.
Benefits of Composting
- Improves soil
- Reduces watering
- Builds stronger plants
- Uses less pesticides
- Reduces hauling costs
- Sequesters carbon
- Sustains water quality
- Increases local self-reliance
- Saves money
- Helps the planet
- Is easy to manage
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Backyard Composting: Getting Started
There are many different ways to make a compost pile. Helpful tools include pitchforks, shovels, and water hoses with a spray head. Regular mixing or turning of the compost and some water will help maintain the compost.
All composting requires three basic ingredients:
- Browns - This includes materials such as dead leaves, branches, and twigs.
- Greens - This includes materials such as grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds.
- Water - Having the right amount of water is important for compost development. The compost should be as damp as a well rung out sponge.
You can build your own compost bin with materials you may have in your garage/shed. Click on the links below to see plans for building a simple bin.