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The Renter’s Guide to Composting: How and Why to Do It

A West Fargo Renter Putting Veggies Scraps in a Compost BucketComposting is an excellent means to reduce waste and make your organic fertilizer. Furthermore, it’s no sweat to do with so few basic tools. You can still compost your food waste, even if you’re renting a West Fargo apartment or home. But on the other hand, though, there are specific things you have got to know to start properly. This simple and easy guide will render an overview of the practice of composting and the steps you can take to start composting your food scraps.

What is composting?

Composting is the technique of breaking down organic matter, such as food scraps and yard waste, into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. The result commonly referred to as compost can be used to boost the quality of your garden soil. Composting is an incredible way to reduce waste, save money on fertilizer, and help the environment.

What can be composted?

Most organic material can be composted, but take note that some items break down more rapidly than others. Food scraps, for example, fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, and eggshells are all appropriate candidates for composting. Yard waste including leaves, grass clippings, and twigs can additionally be composted.

How to start composting

If you’re serious and keen on composting, here are the steps you can take:

  1. Find a designated place for your compost bin. This can be the right spot for your container if you have a small balcony or patio. Just always make sure it is in a sunny location so the ingredients will break down properly.
  2. Select the accurate type of bin. There are vastly different compost bins available, so research to track down the one that best suits your needs. Many containers are devised for indoor use, though others are suitable for outdoor spaces.
  3. Gather your compostable materials. Almost any kitchen scraps can be composted, including fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, and eggshells. You can also definitely add yard waste for illustration leaves and grass clippings to your bin.
  4. Add water to the bin if applicable. The ingredients in your bin need to be moist to break down fine, so always make sure to add water if the bin starts to look dry.
  5. Turn the contents of the bin periodically. This will help oxygenate the materials and hasten the composting process.
  6. When the compost is ready, it should be dark and crumbly. This can then be added to your garden or used as mulch around your plants.

How to use compost

Compost can be used in a variety of forms. Here are some ideas:

  • Simply use it as a soil amendment in a garden or planter. Compost can be mixed into the soil to boost drainage and aeration. It can additionally help retain moisture and add nutrients to the soil.
  • Use it as mulch. Spread a layer of compost around your plants to help repress weeds and retain moisture.
  • Use it as a fertilizer. Compost can be used to fertilize your plants. Easily mix it into the soil around the base of the plant.
  • Use it to bring about a potting mix. Compost can be mixed well with other ingredients, the same as perlite or vermiculite, to prepare a potting mix for your indoor plants.
  • Use it to make compost tea. This liquid fertilizer can be produced by steeping compost in water for several days. It can then be applied to fertilize your plants or to water seedlings.

Composting is certainly a great way to slash down your environmental impact and help your garden or houseplants grow well. By heeding these helpful tips, you can easily start composting at home, even if you’re renting.


Are you in the market for a new rental home – maybe one with more outdoor space for composting and executing your green thumb? That being so, talk to one of our West Fargo property managers today or view our listings online.

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