Nosey neighbors? Annoying homeowners association? You can compost in your backyard for free without anyone knowing.
Composting in a pit or a trench allows you to:
- Improve poor soil
- Compost without worry of smells or attracting raccoons and other furry critters
- Spend $0 to compost
How to Compost in a Trench
- Dig a pit or a trench as deep as you can comfortably dig. One foot deep is perfect. It can be as long or wide as you need.
- Place food scraps and leaves into the trench, leaving 5 inches of air space to ground level.
- Fill the rest of the pit or trench in with soil.
Trench composting is cold composting so it will take longer to decompose than in a compost bin or pile. You will also not need to harvest the finished compost. It is already there, incorporated into your soil.
Of course, aside from the cost of a shovel, which most people already have, trench and pit composting are free.
But, “there is no such thing as a free lunch.” Yep. Trench composting won’t cost you money, but it will cost you time and sweat while digging a big hole. Or a bunch of holes. Or a bunch of trenches.
You will have to dig. A lot.
I Buried My Food Scraps, Now What?
The decomposing food scraps could steal nitrogen from whatever you plant, so either wait a year to plant anything on top of a composting trench or add fertilizer.
If you want to get fancy with your hole of decomposing food scraps, check out these sites: