Video: Turning the Compost

Posted on May 5 2009 - 12:49pm by Mike Lieberman

It’s been a about a week since the last layer of food scraps were added to my < a href="/category/composting/indoor/">indoor compost bin, so I figured it was time to give it a turn.

To turn it I use a broomstick to poke around and loosen everything up, then I take a small shovel to mix it. It’s been taking me about 10 minutes each time I turn it.


It’s pretty full at this point. The last batch that I put on was a lot on top of what was already there, but no smell and nothing seems to be going wrong. It just takes a while to turn it because there isn’t much space and everything is packed in there pretty tightly. It’s a lot of poking, then turning, poking and turning – a bit of work, but didn’t get me out of breath like cutting the pipe.

I’ve been turning it about once week. This week no new food was added because it was a bit damp. After it was turned a new layer of browns (newspaper and potting mix) were added.

Hoping it’s going to be ready soon because I plan on getting things growing soon.

4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Rebecca March 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm -

    Composting makes me sooo happy! Thanks for sharing yours with us. I’m lucky to have a backyard and a nice compost that I can turn with a handle. Makes composting go super quick! I have another one that I throw bigger stuff into and just let do it’s own thing!


  2. Mike Lieberman March 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm -

    Nice. I’ve been looking for ways to make the most of the small space that I have these days.

  3. alex f March 24, 2011 at 11:32 pm -

    I’m a huge partisan of composting, but am lucky enough to have a yard. Most of my friends have apts & sill plants, and now I can refer them to you for tips! Thx for this.

  4. Mike Lieberman March 25, 2011 at 12:39 am -

    You have a big ol yard rub it in why don’t ya. 😉

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