I recently did a poll on one of our Instagram Stories about composting, and the results were terrible. Only two people said they composted, and I get it. Cory and I recently started composting, but prior to that it just seemed way too complicated. Turns out - it’s not and it’s actually kind of fun. I’m giving you all the details so that you can get started.
For starters, there are two types of composting. Hot and cold.
Cold composting is what most of us will be doing. It’s the eggshells, coffee grounds / filters, fruit and veggie peels. You dump it all into a bin or random pile and eventually it will decompose over time.
Hot composting is faster but much more intense. It combines nitrogen, air, water, and carbon to increase the process of decay and it’s definitely complicated.
How do you get started cold composting?
We have a vintage metal bowl that we keep in our kitchen for composting, but you can reuse a bucket or bin to throw the materials into. You want to start saving your scraps and getting in the habit of throwing them into the designated container. Most of us drink coffee, or tea which is a great place to get started. You can actually throw your entire filter with the grounds into the container and it adds up quickly. Other items to compost include eggshells (obviously), fruit and veggie scraps, grass clippings, dried leaves, and even shredded newspaper if you get one regularly.
Things that you can’t compost include meat products, animal feces, and dairy.
Once you fill your bucket, or bowl in the kitchen - I recommend having a larger trash bin on your porch or in your backyard. You can typically find one locally for not that expensive, or reuse one that you already have. Make sure you have some ventilation by adding holes, and just throw that compost into the larger bin over time.
It’s important to shake up the compost by rattling the bin every once in a while which allows oxygen to get in. If you live in a warm area, the compost will likely cook faster but you are hoping to get to a dry and brown state. Eventually the compost will decompose (dry and brown) and you can use it for soil (the best soil). It’s free, and a great way to use your waste for something productive.
Want to see a demo? Let us know and we will film our setup!