What is the best and simple way to start your own compost?

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Have compost bin, leaves, will use food scraps, someone suggested news paper, someone else suggested hay.

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  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 17, 2018
    you also need a compost starter..it’s a mix of bacteria that helps the decomposition of the veggie mater. I know of 2 ways to do this....commercial compost starter, or sneaking a shovel or 2 of compost from a neighbor. If there is any oily stuff...don’t put it the compost pile. Don’t put meat on a compost pile. Only those thing which were growing and green. Paper is made of tree pulp...go ahead and add it. Tin foil...er no.
    • Lisa Sinclair Lisa Sinclair on Mar 19, 2018
      You don't need a compost starter. I've never even heard of this. It will decompose by itself. And as for adding the worms, " if you build it, they will come". Just remember to not add meat, or dairy. Meat will attract scavengers, like skunks,raccoons,feral cats, etc....I can't remember why no dairy, I'm sure someone else knows tho. Its not hard to start compost, don't make it hard. You van just dump the s raps in a pile,add water if dry, and stir it up with a shovel or garden fork.
  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Mar 17, 2018
    add soil and worms
  • Shoshana Shoshana on Mar 18, 2018
    Here are some good tips for you-https://www.hometalk.com/604397/composting-leaves-4-simple-tips-to-making-great-compost-with-leaves?r=1
  • Irene Townsend Irene Townsend on Mar 19, 2018
    Thank you to Dfm, Janet, Holly and Shoshana for giving the help and suggestions on Composting, greatly appreciated. Guess now is the best time, being Autumn here. Will let you know how I get on.

  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 19, 2018
    im in a colder climate....and I gave the compost a chance to break down...it didn’t, until the right mix of bacteria hit it.
  • It's not that difficult. Pick an out of the way spot. Throw all organic matter as you have it, fallen leaves, grass clippings, prunings, cut to smaller sizes if necessary. Just keep tossing as things come available. If any rabbit or chicken manure is available to you add that, if not no biggie. NEVER put in food scraps or dog droppings. Turn from time to time. You will have the best compost/leaf mold ever!

    I used seaweed in Alaska as compost. All I had to do was rinse it well. It's not that hard.
  • Irene Townsend Irene Townsend on Mar 21, 2018
    Thanks for that. You are the very first person that has said Never put food scraps in, why. I also have a smallish compost bin that I just found a place to put it. Going to take our Seniors to the beach tomorrow so maybe pick up a bit of seaweed to put in. Still quite warm here in NZ, autumn still thinking about whether to turn up or not. Thank you for answering. Appreciated
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