Compost Site Selection

Compost Site Selection

Generally speaking any pile of organic matter will eventually turn into compost. A well-chosen site will speed up the process. Look for a level, well-drained area. Locating it close to the back door makes it easier to add kitchen scraps. If you put it too far away, you’ll neglect the pile. In cooler latitudes, keep the pile in a sunny spot to trap solar heat, as well as some shelter to protect the pile from freezing cold winds which could slow down the decaying process. In warm, dry latitudes, shelter the pile in a shadier spot so it doesn’t dry out too quickly.

Locate the pile or compost bin over soil or lawn rather than concrete or asphalt. This allows you to take advantage of the earthworms, beneficial microbes, and other decomposers, which will migrate up and down as the seasons change. Uncovered soil also allows for drainage. If  are  their roots  Turn the pile frequently so any tree roots extending into the pile can’t make headway.

If you have neighboring yards in close proximity locate the pile or bin in a spot that allows you to compost discretely,  allowing for distance and visual barriers between the pile and the neighbors.