If you’re looking to get into composting, here are a couple helpful starter videos from the folks at University of Maine Cooperative Extension, which come with a comprehensive guide.

Here are the essentials: a pile of decaying organic matter (just don’t use meat, bones or anything fatty), and a place to keep it.

UMaine’s Mark Hutchinson explains in the video that you can build a 3-by-3-by-3 pen out of wood, or just use lobster trap wire to make a cage in which to throw your lawn waste and food scraps.

(Side note: If you want compost inside, you could always use worms to break down your food scraps.)

In this second video, Hutchinson has some more tips — like sifting your finished compost to get all the rough stuff out.


Do you compost? How do you do it?

Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...