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10 Composting Tips

Updated on September 11, 2013

Who Should Compost

In this day and age, everyone who produces waste(and we all do) should be composting. There is no excuse.

Composting is not just about making a pretty nutrient rich soil for your garden. It is about reducing the waste in our landfills (it does not break down there).

The average user, if diligent, can save at least 10 pounds of waste a week from going to a landfill.

This lens provides 10 composting tips to help you along the road to becoming greener as well as pointing you in the direction of some extraordinary composting lenses.

Citation: image copyright M. E. Wood.

The Tips

Keep it simple..

There are so many things you can do to make your compost experience better for you and your family as well as produce a luscious end result.

Here are ten important tips every composter should incorporate into their daily lives. In no particular order:

1. Aerate. Your compost needs oxygen if it is going to break down the materials you add. If it is a tumbler, turn it. If it is static then get a stick/pole/shovel and get in there and move it around.

2. Save the worms. If you find a worm while you're gardening carefully relocate it to your compost bin. And it will happily work on breaking down your wastes. The more help you have the better!

3. Go Big. Container wise that is. Bigger is better when composting but smaller is better than nothing at all.

4. Get cracking! Rinse and break up your egg shells before adding them to your compost pile. This gives them a head start and you will be less likely to find undigested shell later when you go to use your compost.

5. Add fluid to your compost. You don't want it too wet but you do not want it too dry either. Water-downed leftover fruit juices are a great treat for your compost instead of pouring them down the drain.

6. Sunshine is best! Composters work quicker in sunny locations but if you have to, partial sun will work too (it will just take longer).

7. Cover it up. Keep a clear bag of leaves next to the composter so you always have brown material to cover new waste additions. This will also help keep the fly population down in the summer.

8. Double duty. If you have the room, two composters are better than one. While you are busy filling one composter the second one can be busy working in the sun. When it's time to empty one they can switch positions and start all over again.

9. Cupboard list. Keep a list posted on the inside of one of your cupboard doors so you can see at a glance what can and cannot be composted so there is no confusion (see handy .pdf below).

10. Kitchen Aid. You're more likely to compost if you don't have to run out to the composter a few times a day. Keep a lidded container in your kitchen for convenience and empty a few times a week.

What Goes In

Will come out later as beautiful...

Here is a .pdf file you can print off and post on the inside of one of your kitchen cupboards for an easy at a glance look at what can go into the compost and what can not.

What to Compost Poster

Happy Composting!

My Favorite Composters

There are simple ones and there are intricate ones. And expensive is not always the way to go. If you are just starting out keep it simple (even small) and grow from there.

Be sure to check with your local waste management facility for inexpensive composting containers.

How Does Your Garden Grow

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It All Starts in the Kitchen - Making it easier...

One of the best items to ever improve my dedication to composting was getting a kitchen waste collector. This way I wasn't having to run out to the composter every time I was working in the kitchen.

They are becoming more and more decorative to suit d├ęcor but they are small enough to be tucked under the counter. I keep my at the end of the counter by the back door for convenience. If someone is going out they can't miss it.

I found our plastic one in the garbage can section of the local hardware store (the same one the local waste management carried).

Keeping the Compost Mini Catcher Fresh

Our mini kitchen compost catcher and I have a love hate relationship. It has taken a few years for me to appreciate it and find the right combination of treatment that will not make me run away from composting altogether.

In the beginning compost went straight into the container and it would be washed out once a week. This quickly became a gross process for me as it would stain the container, grow mold, and it was a nuisance to dump -- and very gross as everything became dislodged.

We tried a biodegradable plastic bag insert for awhile but having to touch the bag was creating its own "Eww!" factor as the bag would begin to decompose and become slimy once the food warmed up. Bleh!

The next option which has worked the best for us is a double lined biodegradable bag insert. We use one to two bags a week depending on how much waste we have. There is a thickening agent that keeps the bag from getting too wet. We are able to pick up the dry bag and transport it to the bigger composter with little mess. The container still gets washed out with soap and water once a week but I don't feel like I need to wear gloves and a mask.

The Way of the Future - The future is now...

Here's a cute video that alternates between sock puppets teaching and interviews on composting and recycling.

Compost - The Natural Way...

This is one of my favorite books. It is the size of a notebook, full of lots of pictures, big print and understandable concepts; making it a great starter and reference book.

The Beauty of Nature - Amazing what a little compost can do...

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We would love to hear what works and does not work for you. Please share one or two of your composting tips with us.

Happy Composting!

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    • williamslaw profile image

      williamslaw 2 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I compost waste in small ways but I feel I need to do it otherwise. Thanks for the information.

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      Sherry Venegas 3 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I have found that composting is a natural part of my day. I empty the kitchen bucket once a day and aerate the bin once a day. Those days when schedule does not permit the routine, the next day I find I want to check the bin out first thing.

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      thank you for this helpful lens. Even though i'm just beginning a small container garden, and only have a balcony garden...i have considered finding a way to do composting in miniature. I already add worms and leaves to my "potting" soil.

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      ashleydpenn 3 years ago

      I am an avid composter! I Loved this lens. You are dead right to put aeration at the top of the list! I would also suggest (if you're up to it) adding watered down urine to the compost. I have done some trials in my own garden, and I think a mixture of 50/50 urine and water works best. (of course being a man I occasionally opted for a more direct application method... But do what ever you can to save the recycled water). Mixing with plenty of brown material such as dried leaves and newspaper is important as well. Great lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      thecrochetcubby 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for this lens! I have been wanting to make compost but I was unsure where to start. This was very helpful!

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      Moe Wood 3 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @mathew31: Wahoo! Have fun. :D

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      Moe Wood 3 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @LAWRTW: How long has it been? Generally it takes longer than most expect. It will compost faster in a sunny spot rather than a cool shady spot.

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      mathew31 3 years ago

      I'm getting a composter very soon!

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      Cassandra Schmigotzki 3 years ago from Indianapolis, IN, USA

      I'm trying to compost but it's not breaking down.

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      SamanthaHaupt 3 years ago

      Great lens! I have a composter in my backyard.

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      BlowDryBar 3 years ago

      I love making my own compost. I really like the fact that making great compost help my plants and helps reduce landfill size.

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      Kate Fereday Eshete 3 years ago from Ethiopia

      A very interesting article. Thanks. I don't wash or crush egg shells I put into our compost, but they degrade anyway. Also, one important ingredient for compost that you don't mention on your downloadable list is human urine. I live in Ethiopia and our pit latrine is out in the garden and not always convenient to visit after dark, so I keep a bucket handy near the house overnight and family members use it. In the morning, the urine is poured on to the compost heap. However, we do not put solid waste or our pets' waste into the compost, except for donkey manure. I'm new to Squidoo and hope to publish my first lens (about where I live in the Ethiopian Highlands) within the next few days. Your lens is very well laid out and so is a good example for me to follow. You've got me thinking - perhaps I'll write a lens about how we compost in Ethiopia!

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      Bynkis 3 years ago

      Thanks for awesom tips!

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      garagerob 3 years ago

      Great lens! Way to be responsible! Thanks for sharing. You really did a great job here.

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      Tom Maybrier 3 years ago

      Absolutely. I'm fortunate enough to have it picked up for me, so all I have to do is sort out everything biodegradable. I hope one day we can be free of landfills forever!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I learned years ago tat there is always a solution to every problem. Instead of a compost bin, which often are expensive if you want it to be easy to turn over, I went to wall art and bought a wide cup food processor for under $40.00. I have a plastic container with a lid and I through my scraps in there. once a week I through it into food processor with my coffee grounds and enough water for it to grind easily and turn it on. once it is ground fairly fine, I dig around my plants and drop it in. Mix it well with the dirt and water. I have a happy garden and delicious vegies

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      allaneaglesham lm 3 years ago

      Compost and composting brings you results in the garden. You should see the way my onions grew in my compost enriched raised bed. This year I have planted the strawberries there!

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      My daughter has just recently started to compost and gives me the credit for her mindset. I have never composted but I have always encouraged my children to recycle. Thanks for this article. I just might start my own composting bin very soon.

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      Aunt-Mollie 3 years ago

      I absolutely believe in composting and it is something everyone can do. I always buy worms and they do most of the job in the compost pile.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Brilliant tips on composting. Will have to the lid of our composter and add a few worms to it. Many thanks

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      Good tips. thanks

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @poutine: We have curbside composting now too. They started it as a test project that never ended. I think every city should do it.

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      poutine 4 years ago

      I compost with the bucket provided by the town where I live. It's for veggies/fruits/ scraps.

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

      Your tips about composting are really great!

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      justDawn1 4 years ago

      Not yet! Still in the learning stage. Thanks for the tips!

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      cstrouse lm 4 years ago

      I've been looking at tumblers for composting as the soil locally isn't producing the strong plants that it used to. Great reference material for someone getting started!

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      MamaRuth 4 years ago

      My husband and I built a compost bin today so I was looking for some tips on what items to compost. This was very helpful to a beginner!

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      Nancy Johnson 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      We compost since we moved into our home 2 years ago. We build a box near the garden to compost in. In the desert it is recommended to compost to improve the quality of the soil here.

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      natural_treatments_for_diabetes 4 years ago

      I need to start doing this. Great lens

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      dream1983 4 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I did, but don't at the moment. Sooner or later I will start again. Thanks for the tips!

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      AndrazP 4 years ago

      Not yet ... but I think I just might start :) This artice was useful in many ways, thank you! :)

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      Lenskeeper 4 years ago

      I have just started composting. Thanks for the info!

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @River_Rose: Excellent!

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @KarenHC: That is a problem with using wood, it breaks down too. Not to mention hard on the back. ;)

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @CarmellaMaeDunkin: When you are just starting it does take a few years to get into the groove. Hang in there.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @sherridan: There must be a way around that with an enclosed composter or something. You should check with your city, they may have suggestions

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @PamelaU: The good thing about gardens is that they are forgiving. Keep trying.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @amanda2x: It is sad that more apartment buildings don't get together to do some kind of group composting. Most buildings have a piece of property they could use for composting. There should be some city incentive for buildings to do this.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: Eek, that is certainly a surprise. Guess it was nice and warm in there. :D

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      DanielGlynn 4 years ago

      very informative! great lense!

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      River_Rose 4 years ago

      I don't garden anymore, but add my kitchen wastes like potato peelings, etc. to the flower bed.

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      We compost our vegetable scraps and garden detritus -- my husband made three large compost bins using discarded wooden pallets. But they do fall apart after a number of years! He's replaced them once so far. It's also a fair amount of work to turn the compost piles over. I like the idea of a compost tumbler myself :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great advice! So many reasons to compost; it's a win-win.

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      CarmellaMaeDunkin 4 years ago

      I just started composting this year, not too good at it yet, but I hope to be a pro by this time next year. Great info in your lens too, thanks so much for creating this lens!

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      bagskartIndia LM 4 years ago

      Thanks for share great Composting Tips

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      sherridan 4 years ago

      We had a compost tip as a kid, but mice and rats are bad enough in London, so I am afraid to encourage them further.

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      PamelaU 4 years ago

      We've got a composter, but I'm an idiot in the garden. I don't know what I'm doing...this lens has been a big help, especially the tip about worms.

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      amanda2x 4 years ago

      i used to for sure, now i live in an apartment

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      When I was emptying one of my composters I accidentally disturbed a family of field mice they had nested there throughout the winter I guess. So if you are going to empty your composter take care that there is lodgers.Tom

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      JZinoBodyArt 4 years ago

      @ecogranny: That is such a great idea! We don't have anything like that here but if we did, it would be a hit! Thank you for sharing!

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      Pastor Cher 4 years ago from United States

      Yes, but it was good to learn about the fruit juice. appreciate the tips.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @kerilovesadeal: That is a great idea sharing with someone else.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @ecogranny: Our city has always been good at recycling. Last year we started the curbside composting and it really is awesome as you say it takes all the stuff we shouldn't compost at home. At the end of every season those who participate get a bag of compost. It is so nice when a city takes an active plan of action.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @jholland: Well at least the mice didn't go hungry this winter. ;) LOL

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @PaulRyan: There is lots of help on the internet and starting is easier than most people think.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @ratetea: Worm composting definitely isn't for everyone. I know I don't mind coming across them in the yard out back but I really couldn't look at a whole bin of them. It is very frustrating when apartment buildings do not embrace being eco-friendly.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @dann7trdro lm: I think CA was one of the first to do that weren't they? We just started that last year. It's great because it takes a lot of the stuff one should not compost at home.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @Close2Art LM: I would have loved to have the fenced in kind of compost so I can do yard waste too. Luckily though our city collects and composts it.

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      kerilovesadeal 4 years ago

      I'm sharing a compost bin with my mom. She's got the garden spot and bin. I've got a newspaper subscription and will be helping her in the garden. :)

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      When I had a garden, yes I composted routinely. I am fortunate now to live in a city that collects all compostable materials at curbside, so even though we do not have a garden, we continue to collect food scraps, pizza boxes and other compostables and set them out in the green bin.

      One advantage to having a city-collection compost system is that ALL food scraps are compostable, including greasy foods, meat and even bones. The industrial compost facility employed by the city breaks them all down to black gold.

      This project saves the city millions of dollars a year in transporting solid waste to land fills many miles away, sometimes out of state. What's more, we residents benefit. Those who have gardens can pick up a certain number of bags of compost from the city free each year, and buy more if they need.

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      jholland 4 years ago

      We were using a compost bin but due to mice enjoying our compost this winter, we are moving to an enclosed compost tumbler. We just don't get enough natural brown matter here to keep a pile cooking.

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      PaulRyan 4 years ago

      I tried doing it, but didn't really know what I was doing. Maybe this guide will help, thanks. :)

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      ratetea 4 years ago

      I composted when I lived in an apartment building in a suburban setting where I had a large yard and garden, but when I moved into a city and lived in a mid-rise apartment building with no yard, I was not able to. I know some people who have worm-composting setups in small apartments, but I don't have the diligence to do this. I wish there were a central authority in my apartment building that did this but there isn't any setup like this. Sometimes I'm frustrated because I want to choose housing based on eco-friendly options, but these options just aren't available when I go apartment hunting, even if I want to pay more.

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      Kevidoo 4 years ago

      great lens! simples and straightforward thanks!

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      dann7trdro lm 4 years ago

      Yes I do. Where I live in CA, they collect compost along with the garbage.

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      Close2Art LM 4 years ago

      I have a fenced in little area that I use to compost, great tips, Blessed

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      bjslapidary 4 years ago

      Great info. Thanks.

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      velmayilraja 4 years ago

      composting is a good process of creating nutrition rich soil and very organic too

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: Thanks Tipi! :D

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @InfernalCombust: That will be fun. Hopefully they will let you donate some compost in exchange for reaping the benefits of homegrown veggies.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @radkoaleks: They are completely different things. If you are just starting out definitely go for a regular composter.

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      grinagallery 4 years ago

      Excellent information. We have a compost bin and a worm farm. Both do our garden a world of good. Natural solutions to waste disposal and fertilising the garden is always preferable. :-)

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      fish-oil-expert 4 years ago

      Yes I love composting.

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      radkoaleks 4 years ago

      I'm considering compost. I prepare so much and always have skins, cores and arises departed and always think- "I need to do that". Ive been looking at Amazon and see composters and earthworms composters. Are they the same thing?

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      BuddyBink 4 years ago

      My mother composted religiously. I have no place to compost but I do recycle everything I can. Someday I will have a place to compost and be able to enjoy the befits.

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      BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

      not yet. Looking into it, so this is helpful info.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      A fantastic article after my own heart! Bookmarking this to check out all the other articles about composting as well. :)

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      fish-oil-expert 4 years ago

      Yes I do. Where I live in CA, they collect compost along with the garbage.

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      biminibahamas 4 years ago

      Yes! Out back ...

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      InfernalCombust 4 years ago

      I don't, because I live in an apartment and don't have a garden, but my neighbor is starting a community garden and compost heap, so I'm going to be getting in on that deal!

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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Yes! We have a smallish tumbler can't wait to see the rewards in the garden!

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      garagerob 4 years ago

      Not yet, but thinking about it for sure now!!!

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      Shedbuilder 4 years ago

      Built my first compost bin over 35 years ago, nice lens.

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      candidaabrahamson 4 years ago

      Loved this post--even though I'm not a big composter, have got a family member who is. I think this is such an important element of 'going green' that I nominated you for LOTD. Good luck!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      High five! Great idea to have a list on the side of your cupboard as to what can be composted. Our kids forget all the time and this is a handy tip - now all I have to do is get them to read it :)

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      Loveboncyboutique 4 years ago

      Informative lens

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      Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

      Yes, it is great for my garden :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Congratulations on another front page feature, I think I've been here four times now. If I had a garden, I certainly would compost.

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      peggygallyot 4 years ago

      I have a small bin that I use for making my compost

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      dariameister 4 years ago

      It's so handy to have a compost heap to put leftovers in - I always feel much better about leaving food knowing that it's not really wasted but is going to some use.

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      Scraps2treasures 4 years ago

      Great tips! We have a compost tumbler, but lately I have been composting right in our raised beds with lasagna gardening. It makes the richest soil!

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      intermarks 4 years ago

      A list of very useful tips. Thank for sharing!

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      BradKamer 4 years ago

      Nope. But this lens has given me reason to. Thanks for sharing.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @getwellsoon: The great thing about having curbside composting now is I don't even have to worry about that. But for home composting it is definitely important.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @blazingzone lm: Thanks!

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @squid-pinkchic18: Thanks!

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @Shorebirdie: The only thing I can think of is Red Worm Composting. I have not done it myself but I have heard that it has low smell. Something to look into anyway. Or perhaps see if there is a local community garden who would be interested in the waste you apartment produces.

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      getwellsoon 4 years ago

      Good tip on breaking up eggshells first. Thanks for the informative lens!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Nice lens! I would like to start composting myself to be more eco-friendly and to use the compost in my greenhouse.... unfortunately I don't have the patience required but I think I may give it ago anyway!

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      blazingzone lm 4 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for sharing!

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      Shorebirdie 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I've got a question. How do you compost when you live in an apartment and have no outside yard or porch and can't out anything outside your door? I have a very small apartment with very little room and can't figure out how to do it without stinking up the place.

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      squid-pinkchic18 4 years ago

      We compost but I usually make my husband do the runs out there ;) We use a large ice bucket to store items until they go out to the compost bin - it's been a great relief to store it without stinking ;) You did an awesome job with this lens. Congrats on making the front page!!

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      linkreggie 4 years ago

      thanks for posting Eco-friendly tips here!.. thumbs up and liked1

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      linkreggie 4 years ago

      thanks for posting Eco-friendly tips here!.. thumbs up and liked1

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      Joanie Ruppel 4 years ago from Keller, Texas

      We are big composters and the only tip I have is I just keep a little bucket outside our back door for the kitchen waste. Same as you, it saves having to bring it out to the compost pile at that moment. I empty it often so flies are not usually a problem. Well written!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Our city provides a brown trash can for vegetable waste. And since we have a very, very small garden area, we put all our organic trash in the brown can.

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      suzy-t 4 years ago

      You bet I do !... My grandfather taught me how and I've had a better garden ever since because of it. Great lens. Right to the point. Blessed...

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      Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

      Thank for the tips. It's for sure I will use them :)

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      KamalaEmbroidery 4 years ago

      We compost. We alternate kitchen scraps with soil, and leaves or straw. It's a miracle to see it turn into lots of nice, rich compost for the garden.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      We have a section of the garden where all the kitchen waste is tossed. It's not a compost bin, but everything gets covered with mulch and breaks down eventually. The mulch comes from one of the local parks, so we just load up the truck whenever we need more.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @anonymous: That is shocking. Because you commented I noticed a dead link, so thanks for coming back. :D

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was just here in February to bless but just saw this on the front page and had to run over to do the dance of joy with you!

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      IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I have composted since before it was "fashionable" lol.....makes the plants happy!

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      jballs6 5 years ago

      I'm a big fan of composting. I have added your lens to my gardening blog for my readers to see and read your ideas. Thanks for sharing

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      GREAT LENS!!!! Thank you so much for all the information!! I am getting ready to build a composting bin and you have helped me so much on how to get goin!

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      mjtaylor lm 5 years ago

      Important topic, thanks for creating this lens!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Making a return visit to sprinkle a blessing in that compost bin. I am appreciative of how you are raising awareness and providing practical knowledge that can be readily applied. Thank you!

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Yes, I compost. My latest trick is to sprinkle alfalfa meal in my compost bin. That adds nitrogen to help the process.

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      Airyu2011 5 years ago

      I compost nearly everything I can, great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning to sprinkle a little angel dust over your compost....

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      Fridayonmymind LM 5 years ago

      A great lens to read about composting from a fellow compostee.

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      kelli320 5 years ago

      I'm thinking about composting. I cook so much and always have peels, cores and stems left and always think- "I need to do that". Ive been looking at Amazon and see composters and worm composters. Are they the same thing?

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      Staceysk 5 years ago

      Great info...Linking to this :)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We use a composting toilet in our cottage and every year when we empty this, we have very good compost for our wild flowers.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks for all of these practical composting tips and resources. Excellent!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      We have composted for a couple of decades. Everybody should.

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Finally, Great tips on how to make a compose. I've been looking for something that is easy to do and makes sense. Yours is pretty much the best of the bunch. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing tips. Lovely work!

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      TheresaMarkham 5 years ago

      @shandigp: I think indoors you're probably going to get mostly recommendations for worm composting (vermicomposting). As long as you feed them, they won't leave the indoor compost container. Several books out there such as "Worms Eat My Garbage." Have fun!

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      TheresaMarkham 5 years ago

      I add beer - it does 2 things (I think that the latter is the more important one) - heats things up a little and ... attracts the slugs (who are HUGE alcoholics!) and keeps them in/around the compost pile and out of the garden! :)

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @shandigp: It's been a while since I read it so I had to dig it out and have a look. It is more for yard composting than indoor/apt composting. I did find a few apartment composting books on Amazon but they look like they are out of print. I would definitely stop by your local library as they will probably have a great section of composting books. I just had another thought -- went to Abe Books (www.abebooks.com) which is a second hand book store and found Real Dirt: Backyard, Balcony, and Apartment Composting by Mark Cullen. If you do a search for "apartment composting" they'll give you a few book choices. Good luck!

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      shandigp 5 years ago

      Does that "Compost: The Natural Way to Make Food for Your Garden" book address the challenges of indoor/apartment composting? I'm looking for a good book so I really know what I'm getting into before I start composting! (which I will no matter what, and SOON, I just haven't decided what method)

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      I did for many years when we lived in the country side. But now I am in an apartment. I still hesitate to throw banana peels or leftovers in the bin. This lens is blessed by a Squid angel!

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      imolaK 6 years ago

      Your tips are very helpful. Thank you and Blessed by an Angel.

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      kare2share 6 years ago

      I've been meaning to start composting for the last couple of years, but somehow I keep putting it off. Thanks for sharing your helpful tips!

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      I need the tips because my new hobby is gardening.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm hoping and preparing to move back to the country and will enjoy getting to compost again. Great tips!

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      These are great tips, thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love composting. Started years ago when all i had was a tiny spot at an RV park. From a bare strip of grass, it became a multilayered mini-forest through the addition of my compost and various plantings. Thanks for the composting basics! This will encourage a lot of people to get started.

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      Very useful info, it helps in making a nutrient rich soil for our garden as well as in protecting our environment. Thank you.

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      Bluesssman 6 years ago

      I have composted for years and very much enjoy the results.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @hdkeulenaer: Good luck! I'm sure the end results will be fabulous.

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      hdkeulenaer 6 years ago

      Great overview. I'm doing my first year of composting, and hope to end up with usable land rather than a pile of garbage. Fingers crossed.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great ideas and tips for composting. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      When I first started composting years ago, my next door neighbor asked me if I was burying someone... Nice lens, Moe.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      There are no excuses for NOT composting! Absolutely. And this is especially true for gardeners; when I meet a gardener who doesn't compost, it just blows my mind! The traditional gardening methods use up nutrients in the soil 16 times faster than it can be replaced by nature. That's why it is so crucially important to FEED YOUR SOIL!

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      Johann The Dog 7 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Great lens!!! We love composting! And Mum now wants to vermicompost our doo! Should be interesting :) Thanks for including my Raise a Green Dog lens, woofs!

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      teamlane 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel today!

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      ~ Colleen :o)

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      gardenlady 7 years ago

      Very nice & useful lens. We all need to be more aware of how we dispose of our waste. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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      religions7 7 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for all of the information. 5*

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      totalhealth 8 years ago

      great lens. composting not only reduce waste but also makes our plants healthier making our soil richer with nutrients.

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      GoGreenWithGREENCulture 8 years ago

      This is really good information! I definitely favorited it, thank you for taking the time to write all this.

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      [in reply to paperfacets] You are so right. It amazes me the amount of waste we are able to recycle. It all adds up month to month.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      We are the largest family on our block (6) and have the least amount of garbage collected each week! We recycle everything! Thanks for the great lens! People need to reduce the waste they send to the landfill, composting is an excellent way to do that!

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      The latest in L.A. is that the city is going to give out thousands of kitchen waste pails. I hope the population likes it and uses them. I have my new bin of three months. It keeps shrinking so something is happening. Thank for the tips.

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      ecogreenbags 8 years ago

      Great work! I only do this with coffee grinds right now, but this is encouraging hearing how easy it is. Lensrolled onto our "paint disposal" lens!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Excellent information and well organized as well!

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Hi Winter! Thanks for sharing your experience. There's a rumor that our town will be instituting curb side composting. I hope it does, my back yard can only do so much. We waste so much as a society. Every little bit helps.

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      Winter52 LM 8 years ago

      Our town promotes composting and they pick it up weekly. It's amazing how much DOESN'T go in landfill if you put it into a bin. In a week, we have collected several bags of kitchen/garden scraps. Between the green bin and the blue bin, we are down to about 1/2 bag of garbage a week.

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