How to Store Compost Over the Winter


It's late fall, and you still have crumbly, rich black compost in your compost container. While conventional wisdom says you should leave that compost in the container until spring when it is time to work it into the soil, you may be eager to get started on your next compost pile. Instead of putting off your composting, you can store that rich soil and create new compost in the beds. All you have to do is control the moisture and air that can reach your compost.

Step 1

Place your compost sieve into the bed of your wheel barrow.

Step 2

Shovel the contents of your compost bin into your sieve until the sieve is halfway full.

Step 3

Shake the sieve back and forth to screen out any large debris.

Step 4

Return large debris to the compost bin so that it will continue to "cook."

Step 5

Transfer the finished compost into the large garbage cans and cover with tight-fitting lids.

Step 6

Cover the garbage cans with a tarp or place them under the eaves of a house or in a garage where moisture cannot reach the soil.

Step 7

Wait until spring to distribute the compost to the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Large garbage cans with tight-fitting lids
  • Plastic tarp
  • Shovel
  • Compost sieve
  • Wheel barrow


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Who Can Help

  • questions about storing finished compost
Keywords: compost, winterizing the garden, fertilizer

About this Author

After 10 years experience in writing, Tracy S. Morris has countless articles and two novels to her credit. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets" and "CatFancy," as well as the "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World," and several websites.