Preparing The Compost
Excellent compost bins can be purchased, or they can be easily built using chicken wire and a wooden frame. The bottom of the bin should be lined with dried grass, leaves, or shredded paper. As additional organic matter is added to the pile, it can be watered if necessary and mixed to increase oxygenation. An efficient temperature for composting is about 130-140°F (54-60°C). Depending on the organic mix and time of year, a well-humified compost will develop within two to six months. Many gardeners have been composting their organic matter for years. It has only been in the past decade or so that the broader public has been encouraged to compost on a larger scale.