Category Archives for Composting for Beginners

Storing Leaves for Compost (The Best Way to Store Dry Leaves)

It’s that time of year again when the leaves begin to fall. And you’ve probably figured out that dry leaves are an excellent source of brown composting material. But what’s the best way to store dry leaves for compost? At certain times of the year gardeners often find themselves lacking brown, carbon rich material. Which is […]

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Dry Compost Solutions (Is your Compost Bin Too Dry?)

Compost can become dry at times. And as you probably know, this can slow down the process of decomposition, drastically! Below I’m going to talk about how to judge the moisture content of your compost bin, and how to remedy dry compost problems. So is your compost too dry? If you see very little or no […]

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Composting Dairy Products (The Truth about Dairy in Compost)

If, like myself, you compost a lot of your kitchen waste, you inevitably ask yourself whether you can compost dairy products like cheese, cream, or even milk. After all… All food is organic and ends up rotting… Right?  So can you compost dairy products? Dairy seems to be one of the food types that traditional composters […]

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Can You Compost Bread? (Composting Bread made Simple)

​Most people recommend against the addition of bread to a compost pile. But stale bread is organic just like any other kitchen waste, and rots just the same. This can leave people wondering if it’s really a good idea to include bread, or if they should leave it out altogether. So, can you compost bread? Yes, […]

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Brown Composting Materials (Everything you Need to Know)

Finding a good source of brown (carbon rich) material for your compost bin can be tricky at times. Below I’m going to help you identify the best brown composting materials that are commonly available. As a composter you should have some knowledge about the organic brown ingredients needed for your compost bin. Having a good understanding […]

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Compost pH – The Role of pH Levels in Composting

As a keen gardener you probably already understand the importance of knowing the pH of your soil. But what about the pH of your compost? How does the pH of compost affect the plants you grow? After all, if the pH of your soil is too high or too low, it can literally kill your plants! […]

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How to Shred Cardboard for Compost

Cardboard is an excellent substitute for carbon rich, brown matter when you can’t find dry plant material. Using shredded card in compost is a well known solution. But handling large amounts of packaging and boxes can be tricky. I sometimes find myself facing a huge heap of cardboard boxes that need cutting and shredding in […]

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Adding Worms to Compost: Should I put Worms in my Compost Bin?

You may have heard that worms are useful little critters to have in your compost. They can play an important part by helping to decompose waste products. But do you need to add more worms to compost to achieve good composting? When I first started composting this question got me curious… Do I need to put […]

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