Homemade Composting Homemade Composting

by Thelma A. Meyer, Mrs. Meyer's Namesake Composting Hero

Regular old trash bags can take decades to decompose. Luckily, you can lend Mother Nature — and your favorite plants and flowers — a helping hand by creating your very own compost pile using all sorts of household scraps, paper egg cartons and fallen leaves.

Homemade Composting Parsley Salad

Ingredients For Compost

  • Greens: fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee ground and filters, household plant trimmings, soft prunings, eggshells, tea bags, grass clippings, flowers, hair

  • Browns: twigs and branches, mulch from rain gutters, shredded newspaper, paper egg cartons, fallen leaves, pine needles, wood ashes, wood chips, sawdust, dryer lint, straw

  • Soil
  • Supplies

    • 4x8 ft. wooden or metal bin
    • Rake
    • Resealable plastic container


    1. Find a not to out-of-the-way spot in your yard that's partly sunny and partly shady.
    2. Line the bottom of a wooden or metal bin with twigs.
    3. Put six to eight inches of green and brown matter down, followed by a thin layer of garden soil. Repeat these layers three times. Ideally, your compost pile should be one part green materials to two parts brown, so everything breaks down correctly.
    4. Turn your pile every other week with a rake
    5. Tips for Inspiration

      • Avoid adding anything treated with pesticides or herbicides, animal and dairy products, oil, grease, diseased or poisonous plants, weeds or any plants that aren't completely dead ( they can take root in your pile and no one wants that ).
      • Be sure to make your compost pest-proof by using a lid or tarp, turning it over often and soaking it with water.