Composting ain't rocket science

North Ridgeville, OH(Zone 5b)

File this under "Composting For Beginners."

So you want to start making compost instead of buying it, but you're worried that it'll be too much trouble, huh? Cheer up! Composting doesn't have to be complicated, scientifically rigorous, or closely monitored. For proof, read this article ...

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/497/

... and the follow-up:

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1385/

You don't have to primp and fuss over a compost pile if you don't want to. Most of the in-depth discussion among us composting nerds is geared toward getting finished compost as fast as possible. You don't have to do things my way or anybody else's way. Take whatever raw materials you have, put 'em in contact with the soil, cover 'em, and you'll get compost soon enough.

Anything that used to be alive -- or made from something that used to be alive -- will rot eventually.

Composting 101: http://davesgarden.com/tools/tags/tag.php?tag=composting+101

Composting by burying stuff: http://davesgarden.com/tools/tags/tag.php?tag=composting+in+place

A quick & dirty (soil-y?) handbook for home composting: http://www.cals.uidaho.edu/edComm/pdf/CIS/CIS1066.pdf

This message was edited May 26, 2011 2:33 PM

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Provo, UT(Zone 5a)

i totally agree puddlepirate...
i think as long as you keep compost composted of good ratio of C:N and turn it often
to keep temps up so it cooks well.. after that.. no worries..
i'll be getting mine big pile going in next couple weeks..
just need 30+ bales of straw..and truck load of rabbit manure..
i have a TON of mowed down leaves rotted over winter for it..
YEA>>

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Good references.
Yup I am in the ranks of non turners too, happy to let my big main leaf pile go at its own pace, with a little educated help, and the kitcheny one that gets sloppier, just move the bin every six months or so, put back what needs time and use what seems fine. Really about all the thought I do is a nod to green/brown ratio and moisture.

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