If you’re already composting, then you know this is the most bountiful time of year for your pile – the greens and browns are everywhere, especially if you carved pumpkins. If you don’t have a compost pile, then think about starting one – this is the best time!

Composting is all about managing the balance between your browns (leaves, kindling, and other dead stuff) and greens (food scraps, produce, and other wet stuff). With the leaves starting to fall in the Lowcountry and leftover pumpkins rotting all around us, these are the salad says for compost piles. I can’t wait to go full circle and use our composted veggies to grow new garden veggies…so cool. Check out my notes after the jump.

Here’s an update on our pile:

  • Over a year in, thing are going well. We have several hundred pounds of rich, dark, odor-free compost ready for next Spring.
  • I’m still avoiding putting sticks in the pile, as it just complicated sifting.
  • Speaking of sifting, I am already working on plans to build my own tumbler for next Spring.
  • I plan on giving bags of compost to a couple neighbors who contributed. What kind of bags should I use? Maybe I’ll reuse something old like an old bucket or paint can.
  • There seems to be shrinkage in the pile, so I wonder if I’m “losing” any goodness. I think it’s just part of the process.


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