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Composting made simple for beginners

I have tried composting multiple times y'all... Each time I get so excited, I make a little compost bin in my sink or near the trash and before I know it - my house is filled with fruit flies and creepy crawlies. I also would dread having to empty it every day or every other day because it was getting so smelly. At our previous house we had one of those large pre-made compost bins outside but it was so heavy to turn and would be super nasty smelling when you opened it up to toss compost material in. I am here to bring you some good news as you begin your compost journey - you do NOT need a super expensive compost solution. In fact, you can compost on the cheap and get the most beautiful compost soil! I am about to share my fave solution that completely changed my composting experience AND only costs $22.95 and some labor. 

So here we go! You want to start composting, yeah? I recommend dumpster diving to find some pallets and then investing in one of these bad boys... Introducing my FAVORITE compost bin. This small stainless still bin has a charcoal filter keeps smells (and bugs) away. It is nice enough to keep on the kitchen counter so you can toss fruit peels, stems, tea bags etc directly in without having to venture outside in the rain/cold/heat to your compost pile. 

As for the outdoor compost pile - pick a corner of your yard and build yourself a simple compost pile! We spent a few hours driving around our neighborhood picking up pallets laying on the side of the road (good places to look for free pallets: behind grocery stores, construction sites). We used 3 pallets and lined them with a mesh wire (something like this) and attached with a staple gun (to keep the compost pile in the confines of the pallet)! SO EASY! 

What to Compost? 

  • Veggies, fruit scraps
  • nutshells, eggshells, corncobs
  • yard scraps, grass, weeds, sticks, leaves, wood,
  • coffee grounds, tea bags
  • pet hair, dirt / dust from vacuum
  • shredded paper, napkins, paper towels, junk mail (no plastic), cardboard

What NOT to compost? 

  • meat
  • bones
  • dairy products
  • oily and fatty foods
  • diseased plants 
  • plastic and glass (duh?)

Taking care of your compost: once a week grab a shovel or stick and mix up your pile. Get some air in there so everything is getting enough oxygen to break down. If you don't get too much rain where you live - you may want to water your compost pile.

You will know when your compost pile is ready to use! It will be really nice looking soil (dark / black and crumbly).  Your plants / garden will thank you big time for all the love and nutrients!