A Beginner's Guide To Composting | Guest Contributor Jessie Stokes of Tiny Yellow Bungalow

July 31, 2018 0 Comments

A Beginner's Guide To Composting | Guest Contributor Jessie Stokes of Tiny Yellow Bungalow

Hi! I’m Jessie! I am the founder and owner of the Tiny Yellow Bungalow online shop and eco blog. I enjoy writing about all things zero waste, plant based, and ecofriendly. I run my little shop from my home in Athens, Georgia and in my free time, I like to get outside and work in my veggie patch. I began composting several years ago, and I’m so excited to share with you my tips for getting started composting in your own home!

composting guide for beginners

Why should I compost?

I love composting for so many reasons, but why I started composting in the first place was, because I read that composting creates really nutrient rich soil that your plants will love. I had just started my very own little veggie patch at the time and wanted to do everything I could to help it grow and thrive. Composting seemed like a great idea to help my plant babies, and I also loved that it’s free! That’s right. Rather than purchasing expensive fertilizers, I could use the compost from my own kitchen waste to provide nutrition for my growing plants.

Around the same time, I was learning about the zero waste lifestyle. In hopes to reduce my household waste as much as possible, I realized that a large majority of the waste at my house was from kitchen scraps. Our family eats a primarily plant-based diet so we had a lot of vegetable and fruit peels and bits going into the trash every day. Composting has played a large part in our at home waste reduction.

How do I get started?

If you’re brand new to composting, the first thing you’ll need is some sort of compost bin to store your compost. There are heaps of options when it comes to compost bins. I personally use a compost tumbler that I received as a gift from my mom a few years ago. It’s a large plastic container that sits off the ground on a metal frame. I’ve really loved my tumbler, because it makes for easy stirring/spinning. My tumbler is fairly large, but there are many different kinds of composters out there in various sizes, price ranges, and applications. Some are better for backyards while others are great for apartment patios.

You could also make a compost space using repurposed old wood pallets. Head over to Pinterest and search for Wood Pallet Compost Bin for tutorials on how to make your own. This is a great, affordable option if you don’t want to spend money on a tumbler. You’ll just need to find a good sunny spot in your yard to put it.

You can even compost with the help of worms! It’s called vermicomposting. If you’re wanting nutrient rich compost quick, worms are definitely the way to go. They can speed up the process so rather than having compost ready to use in 8 to 12 months, you’ll have compost in about 3 to 6 months.

How does it work?

Once you’ve got a composting bin or space set up, you can get started! Here’s a quick list of the items you can compost and those you should avoid.

You’ll want to try to keep a balance of brown and green matter with about two thirds brown and one third green. That’s really the only tricky part about composting is working on the balance so that your compost breaks down. If your compost pile is wet and soggy, it might mean that you need to add some brown matter to your heap. It may take a few weeks of fiddling with the ratio to figure out what works best! You’ll also want to turn, stir, mix, or spin your compost from time to time. This will help your compost to break down faster.

Now, all you have to do is continue to add scraps and let it rot! In a few months, you’ll have super wholesome compost to use in your garden.

Let’s Connect!

If you’re interested in learning more about my experiments in eco-conscious living, composting, and zero waste, please feel free to check out my blog and online shop, Tiny Yellow Bungalow! You might want to start here at my post Composting for Rookies, or if you’d love to learn about zero waste, I’ve got a comprehensive Beginner’s Guide to Zero Waste! You can also, of course, find me over on Instagram if you have any composting questions for me.




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