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

A El Dorado Hills Renter Putting Veggies Scraps in a Compost BucketComposting is certainly an effective means to reduce waste and make your own organic fertilizer. Also, it’s quite easy to do with just ordinary tools. You can still compost your food waste, even if you’re renting an El Dorado Hills apartment or home. But certainly, you have to understand that there are particular things you’ll have to know to properly start. This article guide will provide an overview of the practice of composting and the steps you can take to embark on composting your food scraps.

What is composting?

Composting is the process of breaking down organic matter, such as food scraps and yard waste, into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. The ultimate product, presented as compost, can be used to considerably boost the quality of your garden soil. Composting is a wonderful way to reduce waste, save money on fertilizer, and help the environment.

What can be composted?

Any organic material can be composted, but on the other hand, certain items break down right away more than others. Food scraps such as fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, and eggshells are all great candidates for composting. Yard waste, for instance, leaves, grass clippings, and twigs can similarly be composted.

How to start composting

If you’re willing to go through with composting, here are the steps you can take:

  1. Find an ideal site for your compost bin. This can be a great spot for your container if you have a small balcony or patio. Just ensure it is in a sunny location so the ingredients will break down fully.
  2. Pick the appropriate type of bin. There are a lot of compost bins available, so research to choose the one that best suits your needs. Some containers are best for indoor use, while others are best suited for outdoor spaces.
  3. Gather your compostable materials. Most kitchen scraps can be composted, including fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, and eggshells. You can further add yard waste like leaves and grass clippings to your bin.
  4. Add water to the bin where needed. The ingredients in your bin need to be moist to break down adequately, so ensure to add water if the bin starts to look dry.
  5. Turn the contents of the bin regularly. This will help oxygenate the materials and hasten the composting process.
  6. At that time the compost is ready, it should be dark and crumbly. It can then be completely added to your garden or used as mulch around your plants.

How to use compost

Compost can be used in many kinds. Here are some ideas:

  • Benefit from it as a soil amendment in a garden or planter. Compost can be mixed into the soil to increase drainage and aeration. They can likewise help retain moisture and add nutrients to the soil.
  • Use it as mulch. Spread a layer of compost around your plants to help prevent weeds and retain moisture.
  • Use it as a fertilizer. Compost can be used to fertilize your plants. Wholly mix it into the soil around the base of the plant.
  • Use it to create a potting mix. Compost can be combined with other ingredients, for instance, perlite or vermiculite, to develop a potting mix for your indoor plants.
  • Use it to produce compost tea. This liquid fertilizer can be produced by steeping compost in water for several days. It can then be put to use to fertilize your plants or to water seedlings.

Composting is an efficient way to effectively reduce your environmental impact and help your garden or houseplants grow beautifully. By executing these very easy and helpful tips, you can right away compost at home, even if you’re renting.


Are you in the market for a new rental home – perhaps one with more outdoor space for composting and operating your green thumb? In that case, visit and talk to one of our El Dorado Hills property managers today or view our listings online.

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