Winter Composting Tips

If you have a compost pile in your backyard, you probably know that the composting process changes as the winter months approach. During the winter, the composting process slows down. To keep that composting process working over the cool, wet months, here are a few tips:

  • Keep the pile covered so that the material doesn't get too saturated with rain.
  • Keep the compost bin or pile full to reach a suggested volume of one cubic yard.
  • Green feed stocks are difficult to find in the winter, so substitute with blood meal, manure (not from an animal that barks or meows!), vegetative food waste or nitrogen fertilizer. Bury this material eight inches into the pile and cover with other material.
  • Turn the pile every seven to ten days to ensure that it gets sufficient oxygen to ensure decomposition.

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City of Troutdale- Last Updated April 21, 2006