Wake Forest Coffee Company each week. Anecdotally speaking, my compost has really heated up and composted more quickly since I added the coffee grounds. If you can make an agreement with a local coffee shop, restaurant, or grocery store to pick up their old or rotting organic material, it will allow you to increase the amount of compost you can make, along with saving hundreds of pounds of organic material from wasting away in a landfill. But don't wait until you have such an agreement; start composting with your leaves, grass clippings, and kitchen scraps today, and in 3-4 months you'll have great garden-ready compost!
Our bay on the right holds the hay that our wasteful goats drop while eating. We are blessed, again, to have urban livestock that give us this wonderful, urine-soaked "brown" material that really heats up our compost. But again, if you don't have livestock, you can still begin composting today with what you have in your kitchen and in your yard.
As a bay is filling with fresh materials, I'll periodically turn it with a garden fork. When the bay is full I pour a couple of 5-gallon buckets of water on the pile and then cover it with black plastic (weighed down with bricks) to keep it from drying out or getting too wet.
But here's an easier way....let the chickens do it!
Here's the final product...ready to go on the garden. Thanks, birds!
In addition to these, there are other, even simpler ways to start composting. We began with a black plastic garbage can with holes drilled into the sides and bottom. Then we moved into vermicomposting in bins with worms. Maybe someday I'll let you see how those worked. But the moral of today's story is: start composting now! There's no reason for perfectly good organic material to rot in a landfill when it could be fertilizing your garden, flower bed, or landscaped area.
Happy composting! Feel free to let us know your great compost stories or questions.