The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Composting

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Composting

Using compost for gardens is as popular these days as it was long ago. But what if you’re just getting started with compost?

In this Beginner’s Guide to Compost, you will find the basics of composting for beginners in the garden and advanced techniques for others, including how to start, what to use and more.

Getting Started with Compost

  • How Composting Works
  • Benefits of Composting
  • Starting a Compost Pile
  • How to Keep Compost Over Winter
  • Making Indoor Compost
  • Choosing Compost Bins
  • Turning Your Compost Pile
  • Heating Up the Compost Pile
  • Tips for Storing Compost

Things You Can Add to Compost for Gardens

  • What Can and Cannot Go into Compost
  • Understanding Greens and Browns
  • Beneficial Bacteria in Compost

Green Items

  • Composting Coffee Grounds
  • Eggshells in Compost
  • Citrus Peels in Compost
  • Composting Banana Peels
  • Making Compost with Grass Clippings
  • Seaweed in Compost
  • Fish Scraps in Compost
  • Composting Meat Scraps
  • Tomato Plants in Compost
  • Composting Tea Bags
  • Composting Kitchen Scraps
  • How to Compost Onion Peels
  • Compost Manures

Brown Items

  • Using Sawdust in Compost
  • Newspaper in Compost Piles
  • Using Ashes in Compost
  • Composting Leaves
  • Composting Cardboard
  • Learn About Composting Diapers
  • Adding Hair to Compost
  • Composting Pine Needles
  • Can You Compost Dryer Lint
  • Tips for Composting Hay
  • Information About Nut Shells in Compost
  • Tips on Composting Acorns
  • Composting Sweetgum Balls

Dealing with Compost Problems

  • Flies in Compost
  • Larva in Compost Pile
  • Compost Soil Has Worms
  • Animals and Bugs in Compost
  • How to Fix Bad Smelling Compost
  • Managing Compost Odors
  • Compost Tea Smells Bad
  • Vegetable Sprouts in Compost

Advanced Guide to Composting

  • Composting Toilets
  • Mushroom Composting
  • Composting Gin Trash
  • Vermicomposting
  • Lasagna Sod Composting
  • How to Make Compost Tea
  • Trench Composting Method
Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.