Alternate Composting Methods

What other ways can you compost?

Compost can be made in a garbage can, barrel or drum (as long as it was never used for toxic materials) that has a secure lid. Drill holes in the sides and bottom of the container to allow air circulation and water drainage, and place it upright on blocks. Fill 3/4 of the container with organic wastes, add a little nitrogenous fertilizer (about 1/4 cup for a 55-gallon barrel), and moisten the materials. Every few days, shake the container or turn it on its side and roll it to mix the compost. The lid should be removed after turning to allow air penetration. This method yields finished compost in about 2-4 months.

Another method is to use a 30- or 40-gallon plastic garbage bag. Fill the bag with organic materials, nitrogen and lime (one cup per bag helps counteract acidity caused by anaerobic composting). Shake well to mix materials. Add about 1 quart of water and close the bag tightly. Bags can be stored outdoors in the summer and in a heated basement or garage during the winter. No turning or additional water is necessary.The compost should be finished in about 6-12 months.


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