DIY Composting

DIY composting is for people who want to get involved with composting themselves! Composting keeps food scraps from rotting in landfills and allows it to return to the earth as soil, which you can use for your garden or donate to a community garden.

Setting up can take some time and effort, but we’ll help you through that step until composting is just as easy and second nature as recycling!

How to Get Started

There are several ways to start composting. Here are some of the basic types and what you will need for each method. [This section would have the same material as the video(s) above, but in text form).

This section would have a list of necessary materials to start composting and where to get them, such as:

  • Suggested bins, tumblers
  • Compost collecting receptacle
  • Rakes
  • Worms? (This subsection would talk about how you can use worms in your composting, and also inform you that worms are not necessary in all types of composting.)

It would speak of both Indoor and Backyard Composting’s different set up requirements.

This section would tell you where to set up your compost. (e.g. where in your yard, in your kitchen.)

It would speak of both Indoor and Backyard Composting’s different set up requirements.

This section would tell you about:

  • What materials you can compost
  • How to balance the materials you put in your compost (Balancing Nitrogen and Carbon -- Browns, Greens, and Water).

This section would talk about the time commitment of composting.

It would assure people that the most time consuming part is set up, but then the rest is fairly set-and-forget.

It would also estimate how long it would take to produce viable soil.

This section would assure composters that their compost will not smell if done properly.

It would talk about how to avoid odor and pests:

  • giving tips on how to properly layer your soil,
  • listing what materials (pet waste, dairy, meat scraps) are not proper to put in a composting pile.

Classes,
Webinars, Workshops

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Are you unsure what to do with your kitchen, garden, and yard scraps?

Expand your recycling efforts by signing up for a Backyard Composting Workshop to turn your yard waste and food scraps into a valuable resource for your garden.


Phipps Homegrown Program

photo for classes

Are you unsure what to do with your kitchen, garden, and yard scraps?

Expand your recycling efforts by signing up for a Backyard Composting Workshop to turn your yard waste and food scraps into a valuable resource for your garden.


Classes,
Webinars,
Workshops

Are you unsure what to do with your kitchen, garden, and yard scraps?

Expand your recycling efforts by signing up for a Backyard Composting Workshop to turn your yard waste and food scraps into a valuable resource for your garden.

Phipps
Homegrown
Program

Since its inception in 2013, Homegrown has installed over 300 raised-bed vegetable gardens at households in underserved neighborhoods and provided mentorship and resources to hundreds of community members.


Articles

Articles

Books

book worms eat my garbage
Worms Eat My Garbage

It’s written in a friendly tone which will make you feel like you are having a conversation instead of reading a book.

book rodale book of composting
The Rodale Book of Composting

A comprehensive book. It delves into the science behind what goes on in compost and the chemical reactions taking place.

book humanure handbook
The Humanure Handbook

The second edition of The Humanure Handbook is completely revised, but retains that element of improbable humor.

Books

book worms eat my garbage
Worms Eat My Garbage

It’s written in a friendly tone which will make you feel like you are having a conversation instead of reading a book.

book rodale book of composting
The Rodale Book of Composting

A comprehensive book. It delves into the science behind what goes on in compost and the chemical reactions taking place.

book humanure
The Humanure Handbook

The second edition of The Humanure Handbook is completely revised, but retains that element of improbable humor.

Other Ways to Get Involved

drop off pick up composting

Drop Off/Pick Up Composting

Let someone else handle the composting.

support composting

Support Composting

Use your voice to call for action.

social composting

Social Composting

Make composting buddies!

Other Ways to Get Involved

drop off pick up composting
Drop Off/Pick Up Composting

Let someone else handle the composting.

support composting
Support Composting

Use your voice to call for action.

social composting
Social Composting

Make composting
buddies!

Have More Questions?

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