Simplest Home Compost

Short, sweet, and to the point.  Seize the fall season and make this composter today.  Before the how, let's look at the why.

Why compost at home?  Because it's easy.  Sure I can go down the rabbit hole of compost science and try to optimize everything for fast results, but in my backyard I can go slow and keep it simple and pretty hands-off. 

Why compost at home?  Because it's healthy.  Healthy for my soil, my garden, the ecosystem of my yard.  Compost promotes life, this fosters human health in turn.

Why compost at home? Because it's nice.  Nice smelling, nice to my back, nice to watch over time.  Smelly heavy garbage that disappears every week leaving a stinking can behind is not really nice, but most of us just accept it.  By diverting food waste from the garbage can, my trash doesn't have to stink and be so heavy.  Also I get to see my kitchen scraps slowly transform into black gold.

What else is there to say?  If you're inclined to try composting at home, now's the time!  Ease is king, fall is here and there is no easier time to get brown fall leaves.  Plenty of dry leaves keeps a pile smelling fresh instead of foul.  

Water is important, for a good start, you can spray down the initial load of leaves, through rain and the high moisture of kitchen scraps this kind of pile usually takes care of itself as far as water.

When adding new scraps, mix them into the existing material and cover them up.  This keeps down insects and when half-way composted stuff is smeared on the new scraps it can discourage animals from being interested.

Over time the leaves settle quite a lot, take action now to keep your leaf stash flush.  When you need fresh leaves, just crack open one of the bags that your neighbors conveniently put on the curb for pickup and top off the bin.  Don't worry if they're a little musty or dusty later in the year.

This kind of pile trades speed of composting for savings in effort.  Keep adding to the pile until it stops settling after adding new leaves and there's no more room for leaves to balance out the kitchen scraps.  For a normal household, this should take a whole year.  So if you start now, this time next year you can stop adding to your pile and start a new one.  Once you make your last deposit in the compost bank, it's important to let you pile age for several months.  So that pile I just started today (in the video) should hold a year of my kitchen waste, then I'll use the compost in April and May of 2018.  I think that long-term thinking is an expression of love for my home.

The most important think about starting a compost pile at home is that you give it a try.  There's plenty of great info out there in the internet, I hope that this quick note encourages a few people to go out and save up their leaves to start their first compost pile.