How to Compost for a Garden at Home


Creating your own compost benefits more than just the plants in your backyard garden. When you create compost, you are recycling your food waste, which cuts down on the amount of garbage produced in your household. Composting also saves money, since purchasing bags of fertilizer can become costly. Additionally, when you make your own compost, you know exactly what elements are being added to your crops.

Step 1

Find an out-of-the-way location in the yard to start a compost pile. The area should be in full sun and near a source of water.

Step 2

Position a large bowl or bucket in the kitchen to conveniently collect food scraps.

Step 3

Toss food scraps onto the compost pile on a daily or weekly basis.

Step 4

Cover the designated area with compost material, and then cover with a layer of soil. Spray the pile with water. The water will assist the decaying processes.

Step 5

Repeat steps 3 and 4 as often as needed. Once three or four layers have been established, stir the pile using a shovel.

Things You'll Need

  • Large bowl or bucket
  • Soil
  • Shovel
  • Landscape edging (optional)


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