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Thinking about making your own compost this year?

Compost needs 4 things to become compost. Food, water, air and heat.  There are 2 basic types of composting Aerobic/Hot&Cold (which includes bin, pile, and tumblers)   Anerobic include, in ground, trench or bokashi buckets which are simply 5 gallon buckets with lids that you add bokashi bran to ferment. Use compostable garbage bags  which are great for in ground method simply use them to line your kitchen counter compost bin and add your kitchen food scraps. Put the entire bag in the ground and it will decompose in a few weeks.   I have learned a ton about composting this winter while writing "The Organic Alchemy A comprehensive guide to composting".  (to be released soon) I follow some great people who grow all their own food, raise chickens, make compost and dehydrate food. They do not waste anything. They have a post on using these sprinkler valve covers in your garden beds to make compost bins for using the in ground method. Similar to the Green Cone Solar composter this technique gives them the heat and moisture needed to decompose and easy to protect from pests with the valve box cover. They are currently only $5 that is a 57% savings. You can put one in each corner of your raised bed and one in each smaller bed to decrease your carbon footprint by decreasing food waste and make some really good nutrients for your soil which will bring you really good garden growth. An indoor alternative is the Food Waste Digester breaks down food waste in your kitchen and turns it into a dry plant nutrient.  For the Aerobic Pile,  you'll need a thermometer.  These methods include the compost tumbler which is an alternative to a pile. Vermicomposters are useful to create wormcastings which is a rich nutrient to add to your soil. In Europe the are common to see in the kitchen. Start with one and keep adding or get them all and reduce your carbon footprint on earth.