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How To Compost In Four Easy Steps, Even If You Don't Know Where To Start

Yes, you can even compost inside.

Composting — we've all heard of it and seen the bins. While most of us understand the concept and importance of recycling, some of us still don't really get composting (or how easy it is to do!).

Ok, great. Now, how does composting even work? What's going on?

You've probably read about what you can compost before. Like when you toss out your lunch and stare at the recycle, compost, and trash bins for five minutes trying to figure out what goes where. So here's a refresher of what you should (and shouldn't) put in your compost pile.

So how do you actually do this whole composting thing? Well, the basic pile technique is pretty simple!

1. Pick a spot for your compost pile or bin. It should be dry and shady but also near a water source (like your garden hose!).

2. To begin your pile, lay your first brown layer. Then continue to alternate between green and brown layers. (Make sure to shred or chop any big materials.)

3. Every few weeks, use a pitchfork (or shovel) to turn your pile. Turn it from the center out, making sure the pile stays moist.

4. Once the bottom of your compost pile is a dark and rich brown, it's ready to use!

Of course, your compost doesn't have to be a literal open pile. You can disguise it in a bin. They're especially great if you live in an apartment or want to keep your compost enclosed.

But what if you're in an apartment? Or just don't have the yard space? Can you compost indoors?

Another (and slightly faster) option: Vermicomposting, aka worm composting. It takes around three to four months to vermicompost, thanks to the help of red wriggler or red earthworms. These lil' dudes eat up your food scraps and cast it into compost!

Excited about composting, but not feeling it inside your space? Look for a local spot to drop it off, or sign up for a pickup service.

There you have it! That's how to compost for all you beginners out there.