Composting At-Home for a Healthy Garden

Composting Requires Some Equipment

You do need to spend some money to get started with composting, but once you have all the essentials, you’ll only be spending money on some soil intermittently. Here is what you need to get started:

Yard space
Kitchen Compost Bin

First and foremost, you want to make sure you have the yard space to keep a composter. No, you do not want to compost indoors, even if it’s your garage. By doing a quick search on Amazon, you can see the different types and sizes of composters. While there are several different types, we’ll be focusing on two: Classic and Tumbling. “Classic” refers to the big square black composters with a removable lid and vents. “Tumbling” composters refer to round composters that sit on a base and may be rotated. Both are made of heavy-duty plastic. Either type can get you high-quality and nutrient-rich compost, but you’ll want to go with the one that is the best size for your yard and fits your budget.

Now the question is how to get your fruit and vegetable scraps to the composter. By purchasing a countertop compost bin, you can have a convenient place to collect stems and other raw fruit/vegetable waste. When it’s full, you just take on out to the composter.

Another good item to have on-hand when composting at-home is a bag of soil. Compost should never ONLY be fruit and vegetable waste, otherwise you just have goop. Every week or two, you want to add two to three trowels full of soil. If you have a classic composter, just spread a thin layer of soil on top. If you have a tumbling composter, add the two to three trowels full and mix it up.

What to Compost

Now that you have all the tools, it’s time to get into what you should be putting into your composter. Here is a list of items you should be composting.

Raw fruit scraps, like leaves and stems.
Raw vegetable scraps, like leaves and stems.
Used coffee grounds.
Used tea leaves. Note, this is tea “leaves” not tea “bags.”
Spoiled fruits and vegetables. Just make sure to remove any sticker labels that may still be on them.
Dry leaves.

If you stick with these basic tips, you can make nutrient-rich compost that will give you happy and healthy vegetables and/or flowers! You’ll want to work on your compost for a couple of months before it’s ready to be mixed into your garden soil.