How to Compost at Home

Learn how to compost at home, indoors through winter, using this mesophilic composting system.


  • The author has designed a system for how to compost at home based on three five-gallon buckets and a small stand that allows for easy bucket rotation for aeration purposes.
    Photo by Brett Markham
  • "The Mini Farming Guide to Composting," by Brett L. Markham, is the next edition in the Mini Farming series. In this guide to self-sufficiency, Markham focuses on everything composting with simple instructions backed with the science behind how our scraps become nourishing food for plants.
    Cover courtesy Skyhorse Publishing

The Mini Farming Guide to Composting (Skyhorse Publishing, 2013), by Brett L. Markham, is the next edition of his bestselling Mini Farming series. Markham offers a number of handbooks covering everything about self-sufficiency. In this latest book, learn all you’ve ever wanted to know about composting. The following excerpt from “Indoor Mesophilic Composting” explains how to compost at home with minimal odor.

You can purchase this book from The Mother Earth Living store: The Mini Farming Guide to Composting.



Tips on How to Compost at Home

Like many gardeners, you may have ambitions to compost your kitchen waste. The trouble is that it is a royal pain to carry the stuff to an outdoor compost pile every time you make and eat a meal. Where I live, everything is frozen solid for four (or more) months out of the year anyway, so you can’t dump stuff outside.

A lot of folk try putting their kitchen waste into a bucket that will be emptied into the compost pile periodically, but in many cases it becomes a smelly disgusting mess in less than a day. Putting a lid on top that will suppress the smell only makes the task of opening it difficult and the smell when it is opened even worse. And there is still the problem of wading through three feet of snow to a frozen compost pile. Can you tell I speak from experience?

ridelikethewind1
5/10/2016 12:20:09 PM

There is no info about the carbon source. Also, how is the cradle made?




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