How to Keep Composting in Winter

By Marianne Lipanovich, Houzz

Just because the weather has turned chilly — or even downright icy and snowy — doesn’t mean your outdoor compost pile needs to hibernate for the winter. After all, you still have kitchen scraps, leaves and other materials to get rid of.

It’s relatively simple to keep composting outside over winter, even in cold-weather climates. Your compost pile won’t be quite as productive, but that’s OK. You’re not going to be gardening through those months anyway. Come spring, you’ll have a good head start on producing compost for the rest of the year.

The following steps will help ensure you can keep composting outside throughout the winter.

winter compost
Le Jardinet, original photo on Houzz



How involved you get with composting in winter depends on how ambitious you are, but for the most part, you don’t have to do much. The smaller your compost pile, the more likely the process will slow to almost nothing or even stop in the coldest months.