Compost in a jar
Compost in a jar is a perfect way to see how food scraps are broken down into compost on a small scale.
- Container with lid for collecting food scraps
- Clear glass jar with lid, like an old spaghetti sauce jar
- Dried materials like dried leaves or shredded paper - two handfuls
- Green materials like fruit and vegetable scraps and coffee grounds - one handful
- Fill the jar ⅓ of the way with dried materials (about one handful)
- Add another ⅓ of green materials (about one handful)
- Add the final ⅓ with dried materials
- Add ½ cup of water
- Put the lid on the jar and tighten
- Poke 4-5 holes in the lid
- Place in a sunny spot outdoors
- After two weeks, return to your jar and observe any changes.
- Shake the jar to mix up the contents and add a little water if it’s dry
- Repeat every two weeks until your food scraps and dry materials turn into compost (about 10-12 weeks).
- Add your finished compost to your garden.