Q: How do I compost in the wintertime?
You can continue to add material to your compost bin or pile throughout the winter, even if the heap freezes. Cold weather will not destroy your compost, it will just slow down the decomposition process. In the spring, your material will thaw and decomposition will continue.You can insulate your compost pile by covering the heap with thick dark plastic sheeting and thick layers of leaves, hay or straw. Anaerobic decomposition (without oxygen) will take over this kind of insulated pile. It won’t prevent freezing, but it will delay it.
Q: How do I compost sod?
A backyard sod composting option is to turn the sod upside down in an out of the way place. Cover the sod with black plastic. The sod will break down over time (1-2 years).
Q: Where is the best place to locate a backyard composter?
Composters should be placed in a well-drained area where it is convenient to use. It should get as much sun as possible but you must ensure the material does not dry up. If the unit is placed in the shade, the decomposition activity will be reduced and the process will take longer.
Q: Can I compost pet waste?
Pet waste should not be composted with your household organics as pet waste can contain harmful bacteria. Pet waste can be composted seperately but the end product should not be used on food gardens.