How to Make a Composter in Minecraft

The Minecraft Composter is an often overlooked item, but can be important if you're looking to create a flourishing garden.

There are a lot of items that players can craft in Minecraft, from weapons and armor to food and farming materials, the game really has it all. One of the more unique items is the Composter, which allows players to turn unwanted food into Bone Meal, which can be used to fertilize plants. So, in this guide we are going to explain how to make a Composter in Minecraft and dive into some more details of what it does. 

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Minecraft Composter – How to Make, Purpose

To make a composter in Minecraft, players will need to place seven wooden slabs (any kind will work) into a crafting table in the shape of a U. This means that the second square in the top and middle lines should be left empty. Once you’ve combined the necessary items, you’ll find yourself with a brand new composter that can be used to recycle unwanted vegetation and make some highly desirable Bone Meal. 

With the Composter made, players can begin placing all sorts of vegetation and other unwanted food items into it, until they’ve amassed seven layers of compost. At that point, the compost will turn into Bone Meal and players will be able to use that to fertilize all of the plants in their garden. Unfortunately, simply adding a certain item into the Composter won’t result in a new layer of compost, but instead will have a chance at adding another layer, with different items offering higher and lower percentages. That being said, Cake and Pumpkin Pie are the only two items that will automatically add a layer of compost, if you have some to spare. If you’d like to see a full list of compostable items and their percentages, you can do so on Gamepedia’s handy list.

Related: Minecraft Nether Update Now Live And the Underground Just Got A Hefty Makeover

In a recent Nether update, Mojang made some important changes to how the Nether works in the game. One of the main changes will now allow players to travel even faster through the Nether while trying to get to an Overworld Portal. Additionally, a new item called Ancient Debris can be farmed in the Nether and can be used to make Netherite, which is a material stronger than Diamond. 

If you’ve been away from the game for a while or are just now getting back into it, there are plenty of things to do that will keep you busy. If you get stuck or want to know more about something, we have tons of great guides on our website that should answer your questions. Additionally, in the links below you’ll find some of our more recent coverage.

Now that you know how to make a Composter in Minecraft, you can fertilize your garden until your heart’s content! Oh, and if you have a good looking garden, be sure to send us a picture on Twitter or Facebook!

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