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How to Store Compost

By Tammy Curry ; Updated September 21, 2017

Finished compost can pile up if you have made more than you need. Many people will just let their finished pile sit in a corner of the garden. This will lead to weed seeds and unwanted insects making your compost pile their home.You can share your finished compost with friends, or you can store it for future use.

Fill garden trash bags with finished compost. Store in a dry space such as a garden shed or garage. Check the moisture content once per week to make sure that the finished compost does not dry out.

Alternatively, decorate a large metal trash can with spray paint. Use a rust-proof paint so that it also protects the trash can from the weather. Place the trash can near your garden.

Place a large leaf bag in the trash can, fill with finished compost and put the lid on. Check moisture content once per week, adding small amounts of water as needed to prevent the compost from drying out.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden trash bags
  • Large metal trash can with lid
  • Spray paint


About the Author


Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for textbroker.com. She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.