The Best Composting Tips & Tricks

April 23rd, 2014

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The Best Composting Tips & Tricks Kristen Hess


About Kristen Hess

For Kristen, composting is just about the coolest, most natural thing you can do to keep the planet healthy. In 2011 she teamed up with her dad to make composting easy, clean and practical for all homes – big or small.  Today, their dream of making an environmental impact through composting is finally becoming a reality. Their innovative kitchen tool, The CompoKeeper, is now available to pre-order and will be delivered in June. 


The Best Composting Tips & Tricks

There are many ways to turn kitchen scraps into rich soil but, environmentalists know, backyard composting can’t be beat when it comes to recycling food and yard waste.


By composting at home, you can avoid creating transportation emissions and the finished compost can be used as organic, chemical-free fertilizer for indoor and outdoor plants.


A backyard compost pile can be as easy or involved as you want to make it. Here’s a simple recipe that’s easy to follow and will process compost anywhere from 30 days to six months (depending on how much time and attention it gets).



  • Greens: Kitchen scraps and fresh grass clippings
  • Browns: Dried leaves and straw or woody material
  • Water
  • Oxygen


To Make:

Layer 1 part green to 4 parts brown material. Sprinkle the pile with water and turn its contents with a shovel or pitchfork to add oxygen.

When the contents of your compost pile have transformed into a crumbly, black soil smelling of rich earth, it’s ready to use.  There’s no way to fail at composting because compost happens naturally.

Here are some helpful tips to make your composting experience more enjoyable.


Convenient Composting:

  • Choose a spot in your yard that is easy to access from the kitchen.
  • Collect food scraps in your kitchen without making frequent trips to the compost pile (once a week or less!) by using a CompoKeeper ( - the easy-to-use compost bin designed to keep your kitchen clean.
  • If you’re not in a hurry to harvest your compost, just keep the bin full. Add compostable waste, sprinkle with water and relax. You’ll have compost within six months to a year.
  • Tumbler bins are less physically demanding than using a shovel or pitchfork to turn the pile.


Cook Compost Quicker:

  • Chop all ingredients into smaller pieces.
  • Build your pile taller than it is wide.
  • Turn the pile more often for aeration.
  • Maintain moisture levels (aim for the dampness of a rung out sponge).


Common Concerns:

  • Pests: Bury food scraps 6-12’’ below surface of your pile or add a layer of leaves or garden soil over your kitchen scraps to keep rodents and pesky flies away.
  • Odor: If your outdoor compost is smelly, there's too much moisture. Turn the pile to get some aeration & add more browns.
  • Winter: In freezing temperatures the composting process slows down. In the spring, add three shovelfuls of earth from your garden and mix the materials together to reignite the composting process.


Missing a yard for backyard composting? Try composting with worms, bokashi composting or look for a service that processes compost for you. 

The Best Composting Tips & Tricks