How To Compost Food Scraps: Video Series

Unsure which compost system is right for your needs? We talk you through five of the best ways to compost food scraps at home.

Welcome to our final video in the Simple Skills for Self-Sufficiency Video Series. This week we’re showing you five different ways you can compost food scraps.

When it comes to composting your food waste, the first consideration to make is how much space you have. Are you lucky enough to be on acreage or are you in a small apartment? This will obviously impact which kind of compost system you are able to set up.

Secondly, how dedicated are you to composting? Thirdly, how much time do you have to spend composting? And lastly, what are you looking to compost? Disposing of veggie scraps requires little in-depth composting know-how, but if you regularly eat meat and need to dispose of cooked bones, or plough through a tonne of citrus a week, you’ll need to be a little more creative in your composting habits.

The golden rule of composting

Before you get started, it’s crucial to remember the golden rule of composting. Having the right ratio of carbon (or “browns” such as paper, cardboard, straw, dead leaves, sawdust, wood shavings, egg shells, old grass clippings, and hair and nail clippings) to nitrogen (or “greens” such as food scraps, manure, green garden waste and animal carcasses) is crucial for your composting efforts to be effective.

5 ways to compost food scraps

Essentially, there are five ways to compost food scraps

  1. Compost bin
  2. Tower worm farm
  3. Regular worm farm
  4. Liquid compost
  5. Hot compost

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Want more?

Want to learn more about composting food scraps? Check out our Beginner’s Guide To Composting Food Waste and our blog on How To Make Quick Compost.

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