Growing crops is one of the ways to survive in the world of Minecraft. And just like real-life plants, cultivating such food sources in-game requires fertile soil.
This is where you’ll need to make your own composter, and in this guide, you will learn how to make a composter in Minecraft in no time.
If you’re reading this article because you never tried making a composter before, we got your back! Here is everything you need to know about Minecraft composters and how you can make one for your farm.
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What is a Composter in Minecraft?
A composter is an essential block for a farm. It is used to convert food and plant items into bone meal.
The bone meal on the other hand, is the actual item needed to fertilize plants in Minecraft. Plants that benefit from the bone meal may achieve an increased growth rate. Alternatively, bone meal is also a staple for crafting dyes.
To maximize your time when farming, you should maintain a steady supply of bone meal from the composter.
How to Make a Composter in Minecraft – 3 Easy Steps
Crafting a composter in Minecraft is simple, and apart from serving as a bone meal generator, it is a practical way to get rid of some items you don’t often use in your inventory.
Follow these steps to make a composter in Minecraft this 2023:
Step 1: Gather Some Logs
Find a location with trees, and from them, use your axe to harvest some logs. You should not find this step difficult, since trees are common in the Minecraft overworld.
Once you got the logs, go to your 3×3 crafting table to turn them into wooden planks.
Step 2: Craft Wooden Slabs
With the wooden planks, use your crafting table again to convert them into wooden slabs. You’ll need seven wooden slabs to craft the composter. If you ended up with less than seven, just repeat the first step.
Step 3: Craft the Composter
Once you have acquired seven wooden slabs, place them all in the crafting grid in a way that they form the shape of a “U.” Please see the image below for reference:
Congratulations, you just made yourself a composter! Go to your farm and place several of them near your plants so you can collect bone meal and use them right away to speed up your harvest.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How to Use a Composter in Minecraft?
A composter in Minecraft is usable if you have some compostable items to spare. A green particle will appear at the composter’s base to indicate that you successfully added an item.
Remember to keep piling up the composter with compostable items until a bone meal appears for you to collect.
What Do You Put in a Composter?
Here is a list of items that you can add to the composter:
- Beetroot Seeds
- Dried Kelp
- Melon Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sea Grass
- Sweet Berries
- Wheat Seeds
- Dried Kelp Block
- Melon Slice
- Sugar Cane
- Tall Grass
- Cocoa Beans
- Ferns/Tall Grass
- Lily Pad
- Sea Pickle
- Baked Potato
- Hay Bale
- Mushroom Block
- Pumpkin Pie
Why Can’t I Make a Composter in Minecraft?
Keep in mind that even if you have seven wooden slabs, you have to put them in the 3×3 crafting grid in the correct formation.
Place the first three slabs in the first column (from the left) and another three in the third column. The last slab should be placed in the middle of the lowest row. You’ll know that you made the correct positioning once the slabs formed the shape of a U in the crafting grid.
Where Can I Get a Composter?
Composters are also used as job site blocks for farmers in villages. You can use an axe to quickly break these composters, but any tool will work as well.
Once you break a composter, you’ll lose the compost inside. Nonetheless, you can bring it to your farm to pile it again with compostable items.
What Are the Items That I Can’t Put in a Composter?
Apart from blocks that are not directly related to agriculture, like lava and ores, take heed of these other items that are not allowed to be added to a Minecraft composter:
- Dead Bushes
- Poisonous Potatoes
Growing Your Crops with a Composter
A composter is an effective tool for fertilizing your crops through the bone meal. The good news is that you can make as many composters as you want, since you only have to gather some logs, and the rest of the process will take place at the crafting table.
Now you know how to make a composter in Minecraft, why not check more of our guides? If you want to learn other tips and tricks in Minecraft, check out our other game guide articles:
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