Ways to Compost

Way to Compost:Final Effort LevelMaterials NeededDesigns Space NeededTime to Mature
Backyard Food DigesterMediumOld garbage canFood Digester courtesy of Tilth AllianceSmall6 months-1 year
Barrel CompostLow to MediumPurchase a barrel or…Make your own tumblerSmall3-6 months
Worm BinLowAccording to designRubbermaid Bin courtesy of Tilth AllianceSmall6 months-1 year
Plywood Bin courtesy of Tilth Alliance
In the GardenMedium Chicken wire and stakes(coming soon)Medium1 year
3 Bin SystemHighAccording to designWood and wire courtesy of Tilth AllianceLarge3-6 months
2 Bin SystemWood and wire
*still under construction, stay tuned for links to design and posts about how each way can work best for you!

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