Home Composting in Metro Phoenix: A City by City Guide and How to DIY

Chow Bella asked that I write a special post about composting since many of us (myself included) are hurriedly taking advantage of the spectacular weather we've had lately and starting backyard (or frontyard) vegetable gardens, including beginning to compost at home.  

Even though I work at a farm, I haven't really learned about how to compost; we source our compost from a local organic dairy.  I had to do some research for you and am so glad I did.  Phoenix has some majorly impressive resources including $5 compost bins, online forums and classes. You'd think we were living in Portland or something.  

Composting in 3 simple steps, after the jump.

If it's stinky, turn it and maybe add some more brown stuff.  You need to add air to your pile so that it can get some circulation.  Let it breathe.

If it's dry, give it some water, otherwise it won't do it's thing.  It doesn't want to be wet but likes an environment like a wrung out sponge.

More troubleshooting from the Master Gardeners.

Local Classes: If you are feeling like you need a class to help get you going, the Valley Permaculture Alliance is an outstanding resource.  They even have a class coming up March 15th from 6:30pm to 8pm at Practical Art.  

Do you feel like you're ready to start composting?  Let's do it together.  Let us know how it goes!

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