How To Compost At Home FAQ

Want to compost at home but not sure where to start? I totally get it! A few years ago, I knew nothing about composting and felt totally overwhelmed by the prospect of managing food waste in my own yard. Composting is easier than you might think, though, and there are so many ways to compost at home. Check out this composting resource library for answers to all your questions about composting at home!

A few years ago, we moved into a new home and the previous owners left an old rain barrel they repurposed as a compost bin. I hadn’t a clue how to compost, but I was more than intrigued and ready to learn.

After a bit (and I mean a tiny bit!) of research, I dove headfirst into that compost pile and haven’t looked back. I don’t mind a little trial and error in life, so I’ve made my fair share of composting mistakes along the way and learned from each one of them.

Learning To Compost At Home Through Resources, Interviews, and Experiments

Since my first foray into playing with food waste, I’ve read a dozen or more books on composting and far too many blog posts. I’ve written my fair share on the topic as well.

I interview other everyday families that compost at home and share their stories to help normalize composting with the hope that each of their examples can garner confidence in those not quite sure about where to start with composting at home.

I’ve turned our home and yard into my own little laboratory of home composting experiments. We have a repurposed rain barrel compost bin and three DIY compost bins made from repurposed wood pallets.

We use a compost tumbler (that I picked up off the side of the street after someone set it out for the trash). We have a Vitamix FoodCycler FC-50 electronic composter. And I have ambitions to try vermicomposting and Bokashi but just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

I also run WasteWell, a composting service for those in my local area who want to compost at home but don’t have the resources or ability to do so on their own. All that is to say, I’m a serious composting nerd, and I’ve fully embraced every ounce of this self-proclaimed title.

So Many Confusing Composting Resources

The more I’ve learned about composting, however, the more I believe that so many composting resources are garbage (you like how I did that?). Heavy books turn composting into an unapproachable and highly technical science. Trendy blog posts make it sound so easy it’s foolproof. Let me reassure you it’s neither of those things.

A few good books are popping up that take a reasonable approach to composting at home, and I think they can be really helpful. Maybe one day I’ll have a composting book of my own (literary agents are you listening…)?

For now, you can check out the composting books I’ve reviewed and recommended on the blog. Grab one or two from your library if you’re feeling so inclined.

While a simple one-size-fits-all approach for composting at home would be nice, it’s just not realistic. How to compost at home really depends on so many factors, not the least of which include: the type of home and climate in which you live, the amount of time and physical ability you have to dedicate to compost management, and the amount of organic waste you and your family generate.

Composting At Home Frequently Asked Questions

I get questions almost daily about how to compost at home from friends, family, neighbors, and people who follow me on social media. When I get new questions, I try to update this Composting At Home Frequently Asked Questions blog series. I know lots of people have the same questions, so let’s lay it all out on the table!

If you’re looking to learn how to compost at home, check out the articles in the compost resource library at the bottom of this post. Hopefully, you’ll find answers to all your questions. If not, leave your questions in the comments! I’ll do my best to answer your questions and probably create new FAQs to go along with them.

How To Compost At Home FAQ (2021)

If you’re not sure where to start, check out this “How To Compost At Home” Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), a growing list of resources where I answer all sorts of common and unique questions to help you learn how to compost at home.

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