You may remember that one of the first things we set up in our backyard of our new home was a home composter. Well it hasn’t been that long and already we are producing compost. Composting is easy!

Our few gardens need all the enrichment they can get. I think the house was built and the majority of the soil was scraped away. I can’t wait to add our beautiful black compost to the garden beds. I think the plants will be very happy.

Over the weeks we have been adding kitchen food scraps (no meat or cooked food), lawn clippings and the various weeds I pull from the garden. We’ve also been adding some of the extra mulch that was piled too high around our fence. If we don’t move the compost from the fence the wood is going to rot. As we added ingredients to the composter we would occasionally give it a spin to mix everything up. So much easier than doing it by hand the way we used to hand turn our compost piles in Vermont.

What To Do With Food Scraps?

By adding our food scraps and lawn clippings to our composter we are sending less to the landfill. As the nutrients are returned to the soil, phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen and many trace minerals are released back to the soil for better plant growth. 

In the fall we will add leaves to the compost bin as well. The benefit of using a tumbler is that the compost is produced much quicker than by the conventional bin system. We were told it would only take 3-6 weeks and they were right. The consistent rotating of the compost both aerates and heats contents to a fast finished compost.

If you haven’t tried composting yet now is the time to give it a try. Composting is easy and the benefits are numerous. 

8 comments on “Composting is Easy! Give it a Try!

Nicole on August 7, 2019 2:32 pm

I have that black bin composter, we bought it in May. I’m wondering when I should stop adding to it. I know the time it take to compost gets longer as the weather cools. I’m still adding to it though, as we are in the southeast and have some time before cool weather arrives (if it ever does).

Nancy Wolff on August 7, 2019 3:46 pm

Nicole,
We have always added to our composter year round. The composting process slows down somewhat in the cooler months but you’d be surprised how warm the compost gets!

Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life on August 8, 2019 11:07 am

Love composting! It’s one of the most satisfying jobs on the homestead 🙂 Do you find that by adding weeds to your composter they transfer back to the garden when compost is added? I don’t add any weeds that have gone to seed for that reason, but maybe I’m just being overly cautious? Glad I came across your site on the Simple Homestead blog hop!

Nancy Wolff on August 8, 2019 3:24 pm

Suzan,
If your compost gets hot enough I would think it would kill any weed seeds! I haven’t had a problem in my garden.

Denise and Sean on August 9, 2019 1:38 am

Suzan, Nancy is right, if the compost is a bin system that gets hot and flipped it will kill the weeds. Otherwise, put the weeds in a bag with some water and let sit in the sun so everything gets heated and the leaves get wilted – this should be enough to kill the seeds.
Nancy, Excellent post! I was inspired by our compost education centre so we now have a composter for food scraps (no meat or cooked food), a bigger 3 bin system for yard waste and a digester for the dog poop, cooked food and meat (not used on the garden).
My hubby was concerned it would be a lot to manage but everything balances each other and it feels so rewarding having less garbage and nourishing our garden with compost we “made”.
Cheers,
Denise

Sarita on August 8, 2019 2:10 pm

You’re right – composting IS easy. We live off the grid in a boreal forest, and are always looking for ways to minimize our waste AND improve our soil quality – which is not great as we’re in subarctic Canada. We compost indoors with red wiggler worms through the winter months, and use our compost in our garden through the summer. Thanks for this post -found you through the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

Margy on August 14, 2019 5:24 pm

I have been using a half 55-gallon barrel this year for composting my kitchen waste and some garden clippings. I add a layer of kitchen vegetable matter when my counter container becomes full with diced up pieces. Then I add compost accelerator and a layer of soil. Each time I add a layer I stir the bottom. It is working so well. And you are right, it keeps a lot of matter from the garbage stream and adds such rich soil to my raised beds. – Margy https://powellriverbooks.blogspot.com/2019/07/composting-in-plastic-barrel.html

Nancy Wolff on August 14, 2019 6:51 pm

Margy,
that’s a great qy to handle your compost! We may outgrow our current stem and have to get a plastic barrel!

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