Learn How to Compost

No matter what time of year it is, there are many opportunities to become more eco-friendly and to reduce your carbon footprint with small changes at home. Let's take a look at the benefits of composting, which is one of the many easy tasks you can take part in for the benefit of the environment.

One Small Step For Mankind

Compost, at its simplest, is decayed organic matter, food scraps and otherwise. The balance of water, air and carbon and nitrogen rich waste or scraps creates valuable compost material.

Gardeners commonly stock their compost materials for use as fertilizer throughout the year. Fall is a perfect time to collect many of these quality nutrients for your compost due to the abundance of leaves, dried garden waste, shrub trimmings, and other natural debris.

 Compost Example

Composting in the Kitchen

"Green" matter can include various food waste from your kitchen. Food scraps, fruit and vegetable peelings, eggshells and coffee grinds can all be used. Other household waste such as shredded paper, newspaper, cardboard and dryer lint are also acceptable as compost.

Composting isn't something to be afraid of and is actually quite easy if you have the right tools, like our Red Compost Keeper. Don't worry, at about 10" tall, this compost keeper won't take up too much space in your kitchen!

Red Compost KeeperButterfly Garden Compost Keeper

Reduce Your Waste, One Step at a Time

Compost makes a great fertilizer for gorgeous blooms and thriving vegetables, and is ideal for upcycling your kitchen and yard waste. Using compost allows you to minimize or eliminate chemical fertilizers, and it provides rich nutrients to deter various plant diseases. Most importantly, composting significantly reduces land-fill waste. You already recycle, so why not compost, too?  Even if you do not have a garden that can utilize the fresh compost, you are bound to have a friend or neighbor who does!

How To Create Compost:

1. Start on a flat dirt surface and lay twigs or straw as a base.

2. Add your compost materials in layers, alternating dry and moist (now is the time to add matter from your Compost Keeper).

3. Place manure of any buckwheat, wheat grass or the like generously over pile.

4. Water occasionally or let the rain get at it for a day or two.

5. Cover to help retain the moisture with a scrap of carpet or plastic tarp etc.

6. Every couple of weeks, turn with a rake or pitchfork to mix the developing nutrients around and add oxygen to the compost.

Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we have everything you need to begin composting at home; even if it is just in the kitchen. We also have Compost Refills to keep you and your family composting all year long.