Been thinking about composting? It can make or break your garden. Compost is decomposed organic matter that helps soil hold water, controls erosion, protects plants against disease, lures soil-enriching earthworms, and ferries minerals from the subsoil. Here, we break down the seven-step process on how to get started from the "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook."
"It is the essence of recycling," says Joan Gussow, nutritionist, gardener, and author of "Growing, Older" and "This Organic Life." If you have to compost indoors, worms will make it quicker and (believe it!) less stinky. They can eat "green" matter and produce castings of vermicompost (that's good, clean dirt) in three to four months. Layer components from the bottom up as shown.