Asked October 15, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

Due to our growing children and their picky eating habits, we have had a significant increase in the amount of food waste in our home over the last couple of years. I would like to start composting (with food waste and garden waste), but I have no idea where to start. Are there any good resources for learning how to compost at home? Thanks!

Barry County Michigan

1 Response

Home-composting resources are available from nearly all the cooperating universities. The resources will not be much different from one institution to another.

Composting is the natural aerobic rotting of organic material. If your process is properly managed, you should have a very warm pile with a slight earthy smell. Stronger smells, such as ammonia or septic, or seemingly no activity in the pile mean you have some balancing to do with the content mix and moisture. Getting the right balance is truly the art of composting. For those who have limited space, vermicomposting, composting with worms (typically red wigglers), is an option.

The resource page from Michigan State University Extension:

Resources from University of Missouri Extension: