How long will it take?
Jensen calls herself a “lazy composter” who likes to let nature run its course.
If you just put your organic materials into a pile and let it decompose on its own, it takes about a year to produce compost.
She recommends starting in autumn, when the leaves are falling. “If you start in the springtime, you’re going to have a much more difficult time finding your carbons.”
For faster composting, Jensen said people should use a unit that rotates. One such unit has three separate bins. The decomposing material is turned from bin to bin, as it decomposes.
If you use blood meal or corn gluten to speed up the process and turn the compost bin every day, you can have compost in about six weeks, Tukey said.