Aerobic composting is great for larger volumes of compostable material and for yard waste. If you tend your compost pile 2-3 times a week, have a sufficiently large pile, and balance all factors (temperature, moisture, carbon to nitrogen ratio), you can generate quality compost in less than a month.

Dr. Robert Raabe of UC Berkeley has written an excellent guide on how to maximize your composting process. Our guide and the procedure we follow for our own aerobic compost pile is quite similar, though ours is designed to also help those who are content with a slower composting process if it means they won’t have to tend their pile as often. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions!

Part I: Materials and Setup

Part II: Adding Material and Maintaining the Pile

Part III: Harvesting

Part IV: Troubleshooting