As our summer gardening finishes and we begin the transition to fall, now is a great time to start a garden composter to reuse your garden’s organic materials. We are using a geobin composter at my school garden, which is a low maintenance, inexpensive composter designed for garden waste and a few other materials such as vegetable scraps, fruit peels, shredded cardboard, and coffee grounds. If you use the geobin correctly, it produces no strong odor and does not attract pests, it will produce rich compost for your garden by the spring. I definitely recommend it for a first attempt at composting if you have a small home garden.
Not every weed or plant can go in the composter successfully. This article gives a great overview of how to incorporate leaves in your composter and what plants to avoid. A few quick tips from the article are to not put weeds that have gone to seed in the composter or plants that are diseased or insect infected.