Carefully choose a place for your compost pile. You can build
or purchase a bin for your compost, which may keep it looking nicer
and work faster, or you can build your pile on the ground.
- your pile is not too close to your house or other buildings
- your hose can reach the pile
- your pile receives some sun and some shade during the day
Starting your compost pile
- Use your hose to wet the area of your pile
- Add a layer of brown waste
- Add a layer of green waste
- Add a layer of soil
- Keep your pile watered so that it is about as wet as a rung
- Add more brown waste to the top if you like
Compost is done!
When the dirt in your pile starts to look like rich soil, your
compost is ready. This will probably take as little as a few
weeks, but it could take up to 6 months if you use larger materials.
Maintaining your compost
In a few days, the inside temperature of your pile will become
very warm. You should turn the pile with a pitchfork or shovel
every few days (once a week should work) and remember to keep your
If you look closely you should see lots of worms and other organisms
- centipedes, sowbugs, mites, beetles, snails, slugs, and fungi
- enjoying the nutrients in your pile!
If your compost pile is not getting warm, add materials,
water, and aerate (turn).
If your compost pile smells, aerate it and water