How to Compost Above Ground

How to Compost Above Ground
How to Compost Above Ground

There are any number of ways to compost your organic waste; many types of composting containers or tumblers are available, and lots of ways to build your own composting structure. However, one of the simplest ways to get your compost started is to just put it in a pile.

It might sound crazy to think that just putting your organic waste in a heap in the yard can be called composting, but remember: the composting process is completely natural, and can (and will!) occur just about anywhere.

A freestanding compost pile has its share of pros and cons. Some of the advantages of no-bin composting are:

Collecting your organic waste into a no-bin compost pile has its' share of disadvantages to consider, including:

How to Compost - Building an Aboveground Compost Pile

It's a very easy thing to do, but where should you put your pile? Locate your no-bin compost pile somewhere where it won't get soaked with rain or blasted with sun. Somewhere shady and within easy reach of a hose is a good spot.

To start your no-bin compost pile, build a pile at least 3 x 3 x 3. This will offer enough mass for the organic matter to insulate itself and maintain adequate moisture and warmth levels for the hardworking composting critters to do their stuff.

How to Compost - Aboveground Composting: Breathe!!

All composting done aboveground works on the aerobic decomposition principle. The aerobic organisms who work their magic turning waste into compost require air to get the job done. Plenty of air is required to do the job efficiently, and that's your contribution to the success of the compost pile. Here are a few ways to keep your compost pile breathing properly:

A well-running aboveground freestanding compost pile shouldn't smell bad; it should give off a healthy, earthy aroma that is pleasant to be around.

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