Backyard composting

Hand holding finished compost.Compost Methods

There are several composting methods to chose from. Which is best for you will depend on the type of material you want to compost, how much space you have and your desired effort level. All methods will create a high quality compost, some methods will do so faster than others. Visit Metro's compost site for more information.

How to Compost

There are four basic ingredients to compost:

  • Browns - For example, fall leaves and woody materials that are high in carbon.
  • Greens - For example, grass clippings and fruit and vegetable trimmings that are high in nitrogen.
  • Water - The right amount is essential for compost development.
  • Air - Composting correctly requires oxygen.

Dried brown leaves with arborvitae branches.Pale filled with kitchen scraps.

Start with a 50/50 blend of brown and green material. Add enough water that the material is damp, but not wet; imagine a rung out sponge. Occasionally stir/turn the material to add oxygen to it. Getting the correct balance of these four ingredients will deliver a quality compost for your yard and garden. Get more tips and help trouble-shooting on Metro's site.

To keep pests out of your compost use a rodent-resistant compost bin and avoid putting meat, grains or fatty materials into your compost.

Compost bin located in residential backyard.Buy a Composter

Compost bins may be purchased at the MetroPaint Swan Island store, online or at many hardware stores.

If you want a "Do it Yourself" project build your own bin.