Thanks for visiting my site, Compost Guide.

A live real person owns this domain, and this is all information I put together to help with looking for the right composter. My name is Lars, and I’m a home gardener and certified master composter out of Dallas, TX.

I know how frustrating it can be to want to have a successful garden, but not really know where to start or where to look for information about certain problems along the way. So if you need more information to choose the right composter, this Compost Guide should help!

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AEB in NC May 5, 2010 at 12:27 am

I read this on another website.

…including aeration tubes in your pile. You can build one of these by drilling holes in pipe such as PVC pipe and laying the pipes horizontally across the bin about 6 inches off the ground, so that they will provide air to the pile. Put materials into pile after inserting pipe.

In your opinion, would this increase the speed of the composting process?


Dave July 10, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I use a similar system. I elevate the pile a couple inches off the ground with anything I have available, boards, rocks, whatever. I lay a wire mesh on top of that and build the pile. As I build, I poke holes in the pile every 6 to 8 inches and keep poking into the same holes as I build up. You can also wait until the entire pile is built and poke the holes just once, but that turns out to be more effort. The heat from the pile keeps fresh air circulating and the air movement helps prevent overheating.


Rachel May 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Thank you so much for this website, me and my friend needed to make a compost pile for a school project and your website was THE place to go. Thanks again! -Rachel


steve May 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm

@Rachel, Great to hear you found our site useful. Good luck on the school compost pile. You should be able to cut the amount of trash, especially kitchen scraps, you send to a landfill significantly


Becky October 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I am pulling plants out of my pots, so there is dirt and roots on the plants. Can they go into the compost pile? Our son just made me one, and I have wanted one for years. So I am excited to make this work. Just did lots of canning so had lots of that to put into it.

Thanks and hope this gets to you for you to answer.



steve October 25, 2010 at 1:47 pm

@Becky, Yes, adding the soil with the roots will not be a problem. Make sure you have a good mix of browns and greens and keep it as moist as a well rung out sponge.


Alan Lovett May 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Hi Lars,

Thanks for putting together a great resource on composting and the process. So many people are interested but very few know where to start. Thank you.


Claudia September 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Hi Lars, great site! I was getting almost discouraged by some other pages but I found everything I was looking for. Thanks!


Nina April 8, 2014 at 5:44 am

I read the post above about adding roots and dirt of pulled plants to the compost. Does this apply to rhizomes as well? I’ve been dividing my daylilies and need to dispose of the bulbs that did not make the grade. Some of the pots did not have good drainage and the dirt is actually clay that is glued to the rhizomes/roots. Will the clay be ok to add or should I wash off?


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