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Make Compost from Your Garden Pathways | No Compost Bins Needed!


Some may say that creating garden pathways is the hardest part of growing your own vegetables. ​… So what do you do when it’s winter, spring, or fall and the ground is soggy and cold? You could always leave a pathway as an obstacle. But there are ways to deal with this problem so that you don’t have to step on mud each time you reach for the snag beans. Here are instructions on how to turn compost.

What is compost?

Compost is a mixture of decomposed organic matter. It is best described as a soil conditioner. And is used to improve the quality of the soil by adding nutrients, improving drainage, and increasing water retention.

Compost can be made from almost any organic matter:

  • leaves, grass clippings, vegetable waste, coffee grounds. And filters, tea bags, eggshells, hair and fur from pets or livestock (e.g., horse mane).
  • straw, hay, manure (from herbivores or omnivores).
  • wood chips from fruit tree pruning or sawdust from furniture making or woodworking operations.

The most important ingredient in composting is air; it needs air to work properly. Without good aeration the compost will turn into anaerobic conditions (which means no oxygen). This can cause a bad smell as well as methane production which can be explosive if it builds up enough pressure in the pile.

Composting is a natural process that happens when organic material decomposes under certain conditions such as warmth and moisture. Composting happens all around us every day but we may not notice it because it happens slowly over time rather than all at once like garbage rotting in a landfill!

What to put in your garden pathways for compost?

One of the most important parts of any garden is the pathway. Whether you have a small container garden, or a large vegetable garden. You are going to need to make sure that your paths are easy to walk on and easy to mow around. You can use gravel or mulch or even concrete pavers if you have them.

When it comes to composting, there are many different materials that can be used as pathways. Here are some ideas:

Gravel – This is probably one of the easiest materials to use in a pathway. Gravel is available in many different sizes and colors and can be purchased for very little money at any home improvement store or nursery.

If you prefer a more natural look then try crushed stone instead of crushed gravel which can be found at most hardware stores (or online).

Wood chips – Wood chips from an arborist or tree trimmer are another good choice for a path material. Because they will help control weeds by blocking sunlight from reaching weed seeds when they first come up through the soil surface.

They also contain nutrients that will help feed your plants as well as providing them with some extra protection from heat during hot weather months by keeping moisture from evaporating too quickly from their roots (which would kill them).

How to build your garden pathways for compost?

How to build your garden pathways for compost?

The best way to build a garden pathway is to use a concrete base and then lay down stone or gravel. This will give you a hard wearing surface that is not too expensive. If you want something more aesthetically pleasing though, then you can use cobbles, slate or even bricks. These do cost more than concrete though, so it’s up to you whether this is an option for your garden design.

You may want to consider putting down some sort of edging along the perimeter of your path. So that it doesn’t get grassed over with weeds. And plants growing up through it – this will make it easier for you to keep on top of weeding and mowing too!

For those who have a lot of space, consider making two or three different paths in different directions. So that people don’t have to walk all the way through the garden to get from one end of it to the other!


With a little bit of careful planning and an accessible amount of know-how, you can make compost from your garden pathways with no compost bins needed.

This way, you’re creating a sense of unity between the garden’s different areas and making the entire space run more smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time. I hope that your winter garden is blooming beautifully!

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