Backyard Composting

Backyard composting benefits by improving soil heath and fertility, proving a hands-on method of science education, increasing exercise and relaxation, and increasing a sense of personal and community pride.

Composting Is Easy!

Compost happens no matter what you do! Soil organisms do most of the work for you by decomposing what you put in your compost pile and recycling it into usable soil amendment. You can purchase a compost bin or build your own.

Here are just a few materials that can be added to your compost pile:

  • Banana peels
  • Grass clippings
  • Hair
  • Lint
  • Nut shells
  • Wheat or straw

Easy 1-2-3 Composting

  • Begin your pile with grass and yard trimmings and kitchen food scraps.
  • Add enough water so that your pile is as damp as a wrung-out sponge.
  • Mix dry brown materials with moist green materials to balance nutrients, air, and water. Turn materials once a week.