How to Build a Compost Pile

Learn how to build a compost pile for your garden with these easy to follow steps from Troy-Bilt. From making a compost bin to what materials to use, Troy-Bilt provides you with the information you need to start composting today.

How to Build a Compost Pile in Your Garden

Composting can seem like a complicated and daunting task, but if you plan ahead, it can also be very beneficial to your garden. Compost is an organic fertilizer that is great for your soil and serves as a way to recycle things you might usually throw away. With a few easy steps, you can build a compost pile of your own.

Choose a location. Before you start to compost, pick a location for your bin. Keep in mind how big you want your compost bin to be and the fact that they usually give off a foul odor. Behind a shed or in a rarely-used space might work well. Check with your city to be sure of any restrictions. If you have pets, young children or creatures that often roam your yard, you may want to fence the area.

Get a compost bin. You can find compost bins at local home improvement centers or garden stores. Making your own compost bin is also an option. Watch this video from former Saturday6 blogger, Mark Clement from MyFixitUpLife, on how to build a compost bin.

Start composting. Your first layer should be comprised of dry items like leaves, egg shells, twigs and newspaper. This is your "brown" layer. Next, add a "green" layer of wet items like grass clippings, fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds and more. Continue adding layers, alternating between brown and green. Mix and turn the compost bin every other week to allow for proper circulation and decomposition. Do not use meat, animal or human byproducts in your garden's compost. This can be toxic to your soil.

Your garden compost is ready when it reaches a rich, dark color, which usually takes about 6 months to 1 year.