Composting in Winter: The Answers


Garden Media Group

Composting in winter is possible. By following a few simple tricks to control temperature and moisture, your compost tumbler will remain active and productive all winter long. Here are answers to some FAQ's about winter composting.

Composting in Winter — Can I Do it?

Regardless of where you live, you can compost all winter long! Active composting requires a consistent outside temperature of 40 degrees or more. And when temperatures fall below freezing, the decomposition process comes to a stop but as temperatures warm up in the spring, microbial activity will resume. So keep composting!

If you live in an area with mild winters, the process may slow down a bit, but there is no reason for you to stop or change your method.

In parts of the country where winters are colder, the best composters for all-year composting are those that are enclosed. They block out freezing elements such as rain and snow, and they store heat. Covers are even available for some composter models.

Composting can be a year-round activity

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