10-Minute Ideas to Start Composting for the Beginner

Renee Valdes
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Kitchen scraps for composting

Have you ever wanted to compost but need a few ideas to get you going? Here are some quick and easy ways to start composting so you can turn your vegetable, fruit and garden scraps into black gold.

Your plants will love the nutrients from the compost when you layer it into the soil.


Compost bin and rain barrel in one.

1. Start with the right composter. For a low-maintenance solution, try a compost bin that tumbles. Just add kitchen and garden scraps and turn the bin every few days. A compost bin rain barrel (pictured above) let’s you collect and reuse rainwater in your garden while composting. If you’re in a smaller space, try the compost sack. It’s quick, easy and portable.


Worms in compost bin.

2. Bring on the worms. Let the worms and their castings do the work for you so you get nutrient-rich compost to add to your garden beds or containers.


Jobe's Compost Starter helps get your pile going.

3. Try compost starter. When you use compost starter, such as Jobe’s Compost Starter or Ringer Compost Maker, you’ll improve nutrient absorption and help break down simple organic materials in 60 to 90 days in your compost bin.


Composting in the garden.

4. Make lasagna. Layer garden and kitchen waste in your compost bin just like lasagna. Keep a balance of about 75 percent garden waste, including leaves and non-diseased plants, to 25 percent kitchen scraps. For faster compost breakdown, use a compost turner or turn the mixture with a garden fork a few times a week.


Keep a compost pail in the kitchen.

5. Keep a pail. Make things easy by keeping an indoor compost pail in the kitchen. That way, when you’re prepping for dinner, you can quickly scoop potato and onion skins, carrot peels, strawberry caps, egg shells and more right into the pail. Every few days, just empty it out into the compost bin.

Find out more about making the most of your composter.


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