Video: Composting Made Easy

comments (7) March 1st, 2010

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Video Length: 2:19
Produced by: Daryl Beyers

Jodie Colon, Compost Educator at Bronx Green-Up, shows you how to mix dead, dry leaves and stems, fresh moist green plant materials, and food scraps in a compost heap. With the passage of time, these disparate organic materials form a dark, nutrient-rich material to add to your garden beds and containers. Chopping, mixing, and moistening, and waiting are all you need to do.

Bronx Green-Up is a community outreach program at the New York Botanical Garden. It is also part of The New York City Compost Project.

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gardenwise writes: I'm responding to the Ridding Your Garden of Slugs and Snails.
Save the beer for yourself and make up a yeast mixture for the slugs. A couple of tablespoons of yeast and 2 tsp of sugar in a cup of water work just as well and cost almost nothing.
Posted: 11:34 am on May 23rd
Schnurz writes: I made my triple compost bins from Pallets ( those portable wooden platforms that are used for storing and moving large cargo, bricks...)
To avoid food scraps, leaves and other things to fall out, I lined the inside with chicken wire. It works great.
Posted: 2:32 pm on November 24th
Windwoodtrader writes: Compost bin plans can be found in several places. All of these resources will be found in most Libraries.
The first that comes to mind is the text to the famous PBS series "Crockett's Victory Garden." Excellent resource. Another is the Readers Digest publication "Practical Guide to Home Landscaping." You can't go wrong with either one. They are probably considered the bibles of growing stuff.
Posted: 5:01 pm on May 21st
Kate_Frank writes: You might want to check out the NYC Compost Project web site for more info. Either copy and paste this link or click the link above, in the text beneath the video.
Posted: 9:55 am on April 21st
pjp200 writes: Does anyone know where I can get plans to build a triple compost bin as shown in the Composting made easy video?
Posted: 2:30 pm on April 8th
Ruth writes: Yes, I read the article, and I'm a big fan of slow gardening (though you won't find a bottle tree on my lawn). For me, it's a lifelong learning experience, and if something doesn't work one year, I just try it a little differently the next. Check out Lee Reich's video about leaf mold on

It's pretty much what I've been doing for years. I may turn the pile now and again, but when the kids were growing up, the compost pile was on its own, for sure.
Posted: 4:07 pm on March 27th
KarenBudnick writes: Did anyone else see the "slow gardening" methods of Felder Rushing in the NYT Home section? His method of composting should comfort beginning gardeners. Mr. Rushing is quoted as saying he has two rules: "Stop throwing all that stuff away and pile it up." Well said!
Posted: 12:51 pm on March 27th
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