How to Easily Make Compost

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Compost after digging into the garden
Finished CompostI have made compost for my vegetable garden continually for over 20 years. When I had more time, I had a setup with three bins that required quite a bit of work. I would start the compost in bin #1. After a couple of months of adding layers of green material like grass clippings, brown material like shredded leaves or chipped twigs, and the kitchen compost, I would turn the pile into the 2nd bin and start again. When the time came to start again, I would turn bin #2 into Bin #3. Then next time, I would use the compost in #3 and so on. I would also water and turn bins 2 and 3 a few times as bin #1 was filling up. This method worked well to quickly make compost, but it was very labor intensive.

Now I take a much simpler, although slower approach. I just layer the compost as I go inside a 4 foot tall, 4 foot diameter, ring of wire fencing material. I Layers of Compost Inside a Ringbuild the circular pile over 6 months or so, using grass clippings, whatever brown material is available and the compost from the kitchen. When the ring is full, I start another one, leaving the first to just sit for another 6 months or so. When I am ready to use it, I remove the wire ring and end up with the material shown in these photos. Because the inside of the pile composts more than the outside, I end up with some pieces of egg shells or the occasional avocado skin. In the photo at the top of this post, the light colored flecks visible in the tilled section of garden are the egg shells. The garden does not seem to mind and with my cover crop planted every fall and tilled in every spring, my vegetables do great!

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1 Will

Hi Marilyn – Have fun. Your garden will love the result!

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2 Marilyn (A Lot of Loves)

My husband and I were discussing how to start a compost today. I’m showing him this post.

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3 Dianne

Thanks for sharing the simplicity of composting. I actually need to start doing this, but just haven’t quite gotten there. You’ve now inspired me to get cracking. Thanks, Will! ๐Ÿ˜€
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4 Libby Lu

Oh, how I dream of one day having a garden.
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5 tigerfish

I will wait for a day I have a yard ๐Ÿ™‚

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6 caite

reminds me I have some compost that needs turning…
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7 caite

reminds me I have some compost that needs turning…
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8 This Belle Rocks

Interesting! I can’t wait to try my hand at this. Happy WW!

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9 Sukhmandir Kaur

Great idea. I have a couple of huge barrels I got for planters which have sort of turned into my compost piles. Like you I let time do the trick I never had much luck with the triple stacking frame I built as it was too much for me to handle and the lid blew off when ever it got windy.

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10 Tony McGurk

I compost everything possible, I am a compostaholic & can’t stand the thought of any compostable material being thrown into the rubbish bin. I have 2 bins just made from a frame of timber & old fence palings, when 1 is full I start bin 2 & just keep forking the 1st bin over every few weeks. Usually by the time the 2nd bin is full the 1st is ready to put into the garden. I don’t use any chemical fertilisers in my garden only compost & horse/cow/sheep manure
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11 Tony

I compost everything possible, I am a compostaholic & can’t stand the thought of any compostable material being thrown into the rubbish bin. I have 2 bins just made from a frame of timber & old fence palings, when 1 is full I start bin 2 & just keep forking the 1st bin over every few weeks. Usually by the time the 2nd bin is full the 1st is ready to put into the garden. I don’t use any chemical fertilisers in my garden only compost & horse/cow/sheep manure
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12 Will

Remember everyone, you do not need a big yard, or even a yard to grow vegetables. Yes Tony, almost everything goes in. We rarely use the sink disposal and no organic material goes in the trash can.

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13 Steve

Will,
That is some SWEET looking compost! You will have HAPPY plants. ๐Ÿ™‚
Steve
PS. I saw our first little tomatoes (about a quarter of an inch in diameter) are set on a cherry tomato plant I put in last month. I guess that’s a “perk” of so cal. ๐Ÿ™‚
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14 Will

Yeah, my tomatoes are still in the greenhouse. I should get the early varieties out next weekend under Walls O Water. You are early in Southern California, but once summer gets going here our tomatoes will take off and I am sure taste way better than those grown in your ocean influenced climate. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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15 Steve

hey Will,
Is “ocean influenced climate” a nice way of say FOG? AKA June Gloom? Which we are getting a dose of right now in April?
Yeah, in truth this is not the best place to grow most vegies, including tomatoes which love heat and sun.
Between the fog and gophers, it is a challenge to say the least. ๐Ÿ™‚
Steve
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16 Anna

I will keep all this in mind. I have no need for it. However, instead of putting out Halloween pumpkin for garbage pick up I placed them on the back garden. Anna ๐Ÿ™‚
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17 Robin

I was just trying to convince my husband that this is something we need to do! Thank you!

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18 Green Guy

This is a great idea. I’m surprised at how well it breaks down without being turned. But then again I guess that’s how it works in nature too.

Thanks!
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