How to start composting at home

Host some compost. Brian Klutch Leftover salad and the pear you forgot about inthe back of the fridge don’t belong in a landfill. Instead, toss organic waste into a backyard compost pile to transform that refuse into nutrient-rich fertilizer for your lawn and garden. Inside the mound, a community of worms, bacteria, and other microorganisms breaks down the natural junk. Here’s what you’ll need to get started making your own brown gold. Start in the kitchen by separating the organic stuff. The Full Circle Breeze Bin holds more than a half-gallon of waste, and biodegradable liner bags facilitate transfer to a bigger heap. Vents encourage airflow to reduce fruit-fly-luring smells. Eventually, put the crud from your kitchen bin into one chamber of the Hotfrog Tumbling Composter. That will be your active pile, where the decomposition happens; the other side stores finished mulch. Spin the drums to give the debris the oxygen it needs. Peak decomposition occurs between 104 and 140 degrees. Spike above 165 degrees, and you risk offing the bugs. The Reotemp Backyard Compost Thermometer shows the zones so you know when to mix the pile to cool down the bacteria with some fresh air. If you don’t […]

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