Composting 1-2-3: Easy as Dirt

Inside the Compost BinI remember my grandma saving kitchen scraps for her garden.  That was a long time ago, when it wasn’t trendy to recycle kitchen scraps.  It was just what farm families did back then.

Today, we call it compost and anyone growing so much as a carrot in their “urban farm” is using it to amend our tough Phoenix soil.  But it’s not so simple as throwing everything into a bin and getting good dirt.  But it’s not terribly hard either.  Here’s how to start getting a hot pile…you can get more fancy later!

  1. Add equal layers, a couple inches thick, of browns (dead leaves) and greens (kitchen scraps) to your bin.
  2. Add enough water to dampen.
  3. Turn pile every 3-7 days, making sure to add enough water to dampen.

I’ll get into more details later, but this is a good starting point.  If you want to read more, check out Composting For Dummies.  It’ll answer all your composting questions…and more!


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