How to start composting

strayerdarbApril 14, 2014

Hello, I have never composted but I'd like to start. I have a vegetable and herb garden, so my goal would be to add nutrients to the soil. What are the first steps I can do on a small scale to ease into it? Thanks.

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gardenper(8)

How big is your yard or the intended space that you think you will be composting at? That could help determine which composting methods or bins or free-style piles that you can do.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 7:13PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Start at the beginning and learn about composting. The link below is to about the best composting tutorial
I have seen.

Here is a link that might be useful: Composting Tutorial

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 6:49AM
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strayerdarb

My yard is large, but the vegetable garden is small right now (about 10' by 4') and a few sunny spots here and there where I put some herbs. We have dogs, so a pile won't work.

Thanks for the link, I will read that to learn about it.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 9:51AM
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toxcrusadr Clay Soil(Zone 6a - MO)

It sounds like you'll need a bin of some sort. You can use something as simple as a circle of wire fencing, or get an inexpensive plastic sheet type that forms into a circle, or a more expensive enclosed rigid plastic bin with a lid.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 10:59AM
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