3A balanced diet

Your compost needs a 50/50 balance of food scraps and garden scraps. For every bucket of food scraps you'll need to add one bucket of garden scraps. 

Technically anything organic (once living) can be composted, but in a small backyard compost bin it's best to be careful and follow these guidelines.


  • Diversity is the key; too much of one thing can cause an imbalance in your compost
  • Chop food scraps and garden scraps in to pieces smaller than a golf ball - the smaller the pieces the faster they will break down

Did you know?

Weeds can be composted but you probably don't want their seeds to grow in your garden. Kill the seeds before you compost them by soaking weeds in a tub of water for a month or two. They'll break into a rich sludge that you can use in your compost as a substitute for foodscraps.