Composting in winter


I live in Indiana, thinking about doing making my own compost this year. Can this be started in winter? I understand heat does help in the decomposition process.

  6 answers
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Feb 12, 2015
    If you want to get started in the winter, indoor composting with worms, known as vermicomposting, is the way to go. See this from Purdue Extension:

    • Jnet Jnet on Feb 13, 2015
      @Douglas Hunt thank you for the suggestion but not practical for me. But will check further into Purdue Extension

  • Margareth Whaley Margareth Whaley on Feb 12, 2015
    I compost on my patio... I use a large tub with a lid... works for me no smell... great results !

    • Jnet Jnet on Feb 13, 2015
      @Margareth Whaley I'm a transplant from San Diego to the wilds of Indiana, lol. This is kind of want I was wanting to do. A large trash can with holes in it for air circulation and strap the lid and roll it to flip the contents. I guess I can just collect it until the weather warms then drill the holes in the can. Thank you for help.

  • Colleen Colleen on Feb 13, 2015
    I compost year round and live where it is winter a good majority of the year. My bins are open. I do it because I have a big vegetable garden and I also like to supplement my flower beds and pots with compost. I also figure kitchen scraps have to go somewhere other than the garbage. It doesn't actively break down much through the cold, but if you do start in the winter, then when the weather warms, you will have a nice pile all ready to start composting. In the winter, you can balance your green kitchen scraps with shredded newspaper, used paper towels and empty toilet paper rolls (

    • Jnet Jnet on Feb 13, 2015
      @Colleen Thank you for your help. With your and others suggestions I am going to start composting this year.

  • Kim Crawley Kim Crawley on Feb 13, 2015
    I live in NC started turning the soil in my small garden after growing season. Made a compost pile in the soil. The soil is looking a lot healthier this year. It is a learning process for me. I pray before planting, asking God to help me succeed so that I can feed my neighbors too.

    • Jnet Jnet on Feb 13, 2015
      @Kim Crawley Thank you for your help. I also have a small garden but am hoping to expand this year. Isn't this site wonderful. Everyone is so helpful

  • Janinne P Janinne P on Feb 13, 2015
    No reason you cannot put your compostables (is that a word :-) ?) out in the winter. They won't decompose much, but why throw them away? They will when it warms up. I don't live in Canada, like Colleen who added her comment, but I do live in the far north of the US and I've been putting my compostables out all winter for two years now. I'll have to do some turning once we thaw out, but the important thing is the stuff is out there instead of at the landfill.

    • Jnet Jnet on Feb 13, 2015
      @Janinne P Thank you, if you are able to compost in winter, I should be able to pretty cold in ND. I plan to start today.

  • Kim Crawley Kim Crawley on Feb 13, 2015
    Thanks for sharing everyone! It is nice to have a place mature adults can talk about gardening & brainstorm ideas. Have a great weekend, calling for snow here in NC next Tues&Wed!