Six steps to make a backyard compost

I found these colorful signs behind Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center in Norfolk, VA before we moved. I thought it was the simplest step-by-step, how-to-start-your-own compost I’d ever seen. They also gave composting tips and showed examples of backyard compost bins. I wanted to pass them on. They might give someone an idea somewhere…..

Proof how simple composting really is!

Composting is also an excellent way to teach kids about science. It’s amazing to watch it break down into dirt before your very eyes.

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8 responses to “Six steps to make a backyard compost

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  2. I think I’m going to take the plunge and just use a giant garbage can with a lid to start my compost bin. That way, at least we can load it in a U-Haul when we move, and hopefully, the lid will contain odors. You have inspired me to reduce our household’s waste. Thank you for sharing.

    • Honey, you make my whole world brighter with a comment like that. I really think you’ll like it. Miss Priss can throw in the scraps. She’ll love it.

  3. This is a great idea! I really want to start my own home compost– I live in an apartment though and need to figure out a way to make this work on my patio. The good news is my patio is actually pretty big. Great info!

    • Thanks Jody! My cousin is having the same problem because she lives in an apartment complex too. I was telling her if you just use an old trashcan and hammer nail holes around it, the holes will be too small for anything to get in it. Keep the lid on and the smell will be contained, but if you keep it stirred, there isn’t really much of a smell at all. It will smell–like dirt! Good luck. Give it a go, and let me know how it works for you!

  4. I love the concept of your blog!!
    We had a bokashi composter for our apartment last year, but once it got full we stopped (you have to let them sit for awhile) and never restarted it. I’d love to be able to have a garbage can sized one on the patio… hmmm may have to think about this again.

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