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Kitchen Gardening

All About Compost

Composting turns kitchen and yard scraps into a marvelous soil amendment, and you don't have to do much to accomplish this stunning transformation.

Easy to assemble and disassemble, Lee Reich's compost bin can adapt to the size of your compost pile.
Photo/Illustration: Virginia Small

Easy to assemble and disassemble, Lee Reich’s bin can adapt to the size of your compost pile. Composting turns kitchen and yard scraps into a marvelous soil amendment, and you don’t have to do much to accomplish this stunning transformation. Whether you’re a new composter or a seasoned vet, check out the links on this page for tips on the benefits of composting, composting systems, building a compost bin, managing your compost, compost tea, and worm composting.

 

A well-balanced compost pile doesn’t smell.
Photo by vinzca under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.

Composting 101

Hot Composting vs. Cold Composting
Video: Composting Made Easy
 Creating Healthy Compost
 Composting Hot or Cold 
 Composting in Cold Weather
 Getting Started in Composting
 Compost: Things You Always Wanted to Know
 Start Your Compost Pile This Winter

 

The Victory Garden Composter Compost bins and systems

6 Ways to Make Great Compost
The Victory Garden Composter – part 1
The Victory Garden Composter – part 2
A Starter Compost Heap
DIY Food Scrap Digester/Composter
 A Homemade Compost Bin
Building a Compost Bin
More Compost, Less Work
Portable Compost Bins
Let Worms Compost Your Kitchen Scraps Worm composting

Let Worms Compost Your Kitchen Scraps
Video: The Easy Indoor Worm Bin
 Video: Getting Started in Worm Composting
Worm Composting


Bring On the Bokashi Other ways to compost

Bring On the Bokashi
Start a New Garden Bed with a Compost Sandwich
The Compost Heap Alternative
 Composting in Winter
It's Fall Garden Cleanup Time Leaves and grass clippings

It’s Fall Garden Cleanup Time
Uses for Fallen Leaves in the Garden
Leaf Mold as a Soil Conditioner
Grasscycle, Compost and Mulch with Grass Clippings
Video: Fall Leaves Make a Great Natural Mulch
Improve Your Soil by Raking Less

Rabbit Manure in the Garden Manure

Rabbit Manure in the Garden
Raising Animals as Gardening Allies
Using Manure to Fertilize Your Garden
Fertilizing the Old-Fashioned Way, with Manure
 
Compost tea

Video: How to Make Compost Tea
Brewing Compost Tea
 The Jury Is Still Out on Compost Tea

Compost Q&A

Compost and ammonia
Using a compost tumbler in cold weather
What’s living in my compost?
Are compost activators useful?
Flies in compost
Does your compost pile smell?
Ask a composting question…
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