Top Tips for Composting

Step by Step Guide

If you don’t compost you should – it's great for the environment and results in amazing nutrient rich soil! We have a great selection of Typhoon Compost Caddys which will not only look great in your kitchen but will keep contents smelling sweet.

What can be composted?

  • Raw fruits.

  • Vegetables

  • Egg shells

  • What can't be composted?

    • Dairy products.

    • Processed foods

    • Plastic

    • Man made substances

    • Metals

    After cutting up your fruit and vegetable, throw your scraps in to the bucket. Eggshells, coffee grounds and coffee filters are also great for your for compost. When the bucket is full, dump your scraps outside in the compost pile. Your pile doesn’t have to be anything special. A shady spot is ideal so the pile doesn’t get dried out. If you’ve had a dry spell for a while, go ahead and water the pile. Flip some fresh soil on top of the scraps and walk away!

    More TYPHOON Composting Tips…

    1. Grass clippings add necessary nitrogen to a compost pile, but be sure to mix with the “brown” materials that add carbon. Both are necessary for quick decomposition and rich compost. Piles made up of just grass will compact, slow down and start to stink.

    2. Newspaper or plain white paper from the computer is excellent for composting – just remember to shred it first to speed up the process

    3. The microbes responsible for breaking down your compost pile need a balanced diet of nitrogen and carbon. Nitrogen comes from green materials such as food scraps, manure, and grass clippings. Carbon comes from brown materials such as dead leaves, hay, wood chips and shredded newspaper. A ratio that contains equal portions by weight (not volume) of both works best.

    4. Compost decomposes fastest between 120 and 160˚F. Decomposition will occur at lower temperatures, but it takes much longer.

    5. Soak finished compost in water to “brew” compost tea, a nutrient-rich liquid that can be used for foliar feeding or for watering plants in your garden, backyard, or houseplants.

    6. Apply finished compost to your garden about 2-4 weeks before you plant, giving the compost time to integrate and stabilize within the soil.

    So, what’s your excuse for not composting? It better be a good one!