Trench Composting

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We have previously talked a lot about different composting methods and tools. Do you remember the diy 3 bin compost, diy $5 compost bin or the diy compost tumbler. They all work and have their various advantages as well as disadvantages. Let us add another method into the mix, I am talking about trench composting.

When it comes to outdoor composting, this one is considered the easiest one of all of them. It also is very affordable as there is no special equipment or containers required. You also do not have to worry about any aeration, layers, ratios or moisture. Just like all the other methods, you will still need some patience to allow for decomposition.

Trench Composting
Photo credit: instructables.com
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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • kitchen scraps
  • garden hoe or pick
  • spade or pitch fork

There are two ways to go about using this method. If you do not want to wait too long and keep track of what is going where, then you do not have to worry about the 3 year rotation method. All you have to do is find a spot in your garden, dig a trench about one foot deep and then dump your scraps and waste in the hole.

Take the soil you removed from the trench and use it to cover the scraps. You want to cover scraps with at least 8 inches of soil. Then you just leave them to decompose and you plant your veggies next to it. They will slowly start to pull in the nutrients from the decomposing matter.

You can get step by step instructions on the Instructables blog, here…

Trench Composting Ideas

You can watch the video below on how to start trench composting…


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