Composting 101—Making Compost in Composting Bins and Compost Piles

By on April 07, 2011

Learn the essentials of making your own compost using a bin.

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I have always added eggshells to the compost. A friend said this site said NO. I get the part about no meat, etc, although I would think that ‘wild’ soil would have these things. Our local co-operative extention service just says dry out the eggshells so that they can be crumbled.

Posted by Kathleen Strauch on Mar. 26, 2017 at 3:38:56 PM

Kathleen, I did not see where Tricia talks about not using eggshells. You can use them, but I would advise crushing them up so they are in smaller pieces, which will breakdown faster. You are right no meat or dairy and no animal waste (like dog or cat).

Posted by Suzanne at on Apr. 04, 2017 at 1:51:50 PM


We want to build a compartmented compost bin but here in the pacific north west we get a lot of rain…will there be a problem in the spring with too much moisture if so what are some ideas to control it?

Posted by phyllis on Sep. 18, 2017 at 1:12:30 PM

Phyllis, if your compost pile is already quite moist, I would cover it. We sell a compost cover by the foot, you have to buy 10’ (by 12’) but you can cut it to the size you need.

Posted by Suzanne at on Sep. 18, 2017 at 3:40:10 PM


You might find that you don’t have enough green (higher nitrogen) material to create a hot compost pile, but that’s just fine.  It won’t kill weed seeds if it stays cool, and will be slower to finish, but if you had weeds that were producing seeds to put into your compost pile you likely already have lots of weed seeds in your garden soil.

Posted by arthur Trese on Nov. 18, 2017 at 7:06:38 PM

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