If you’re looking to get into composting, here are a couple helpful starter videos from the folks at University of Maine Cooperative Extension, which come with a comprehensive guide.

Here are the essentials: a pile of decaying organic matter (just don’t use meat, bones or anything fatty), and a place to keep it.

UMaine’s Mark Hutchinson explains in the video that you can build a 3-by-3-by-3 pen out of wood, or just use lobster trap wire to make a cage in which to throw your lawn waste and food scraps.

(Side note: If you want compost inside, you could always use worms to break down your food scraps.)

In this second video, Hutchinson has some more tips — like sifting your finished compost to get all the rough stuff out.

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Do you compost? How do you do it?

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Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...