Home Composting Resources
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The Methow Valley Apple Maggot quarantine has many of us thinking about compost, but they are worried about smell, attracting wildlife, a pile of debris taking up space on the property, or simply don’t want another thing to care for.
Below is a resource to get you started. Below are some simple ways to compost your household food waste, hassle-free, mess-free, ordor-free.
Food Waste + Straw (or old leaves) + Water + Air = Compost (AKA Incredible Fertilizer)
Add straw or old leaves to your household food waste, water every once in a while, turn it on occasion to get air circulating and you’ll get compost.
There are many ways to get your food waste to break down.
- Here is a brochure that broadly covers your options and helps you get started.
- Here are reviews of some outdoor compost bins including worm bins on the market as well as some good ideas for DIY projects if you would like to build your own set up.
- If you are interested in exploring the world of worm composting (also known as vermiculture) WSU extension has some great information to get you started and also offers troubleshooting.
Avoid conflicts with wildlife:
- This link is specifically for folks who can’t have a free standing outdoor pile due to bears, pests, limited yard space, etc. It includes prices for both indoor and outdoor composters:
- Here are some tips from our neighbors to the north and northeast for keeping bears out of your pile: from Vermont, from Canada.
Composting in Winter
You can keep your compost going through the winter. For a more of an in-depth read, click the second link.
Summary: There are many ways to compost! Choose what works best for you. How quickly your food waste breaks down depends on outside temperature, how moist the pile is, and how often you turn it. It is possible to compost in bear country and in the winter. Compost does not have to be smelly.
Methow Recycles will continue to provide information about how to reduce waste and respond to the Apple Maggot quarantine. Please call 997-0520 or email us if you have questions!