How to Make a Composter in Minecraft

If you’ve ever considered building a massive farm in Minecraft, you’ll know how important bone meal can be. While you can quickly get some by fighting skeletons, there’s a safer way that is far less dangerous: composting. Here’s how to make a composter in Minecraft!

Where Can You Find a Composter in Minecraft

Finding a Composter

Even though composters are really easy to make, stumbling upon a naturally-generated one might be faster. In fact, composters are one of the most common job site blocks. They’ll spawn right next to a crop farm if the village has a farmer. Thankfully, farmers will be part of most, if not all, of the villages you come across.

That said, if you don’t want to adventure out in the wild in search of a village, you can always make a composter from the comfort of your base.

How to Craft a Composter in Minecraft

Composter Recipe

If you want to make your own quick crop farm early on in your Minecraft world, crafting a composter is pretty straightforward. Just follow the composter’s recipe shown above by using the following materials:

  • 7 Wooden Slabs

Unsurprisingly, you can use any type of wooden slab you like. Also, you’ll not need to spend countless hours finding materials for a composter since wooden slabs only require planks to be crafted.

Now that you’ve crafted a composter let’s see what you can do with it.

How to Use a Composter in Minecraft

A composter in Minecraft can be used to turn a villager into a farmer and source bone meal through composting food and plant items. Trading with farmers can help you obtain emeralds early on because one of the first trades is 20 Wheat for 1 Emerald.

This might seem like a lot. But, when you consider that villages with farmers are full of hay bales, which can be turned into 9 Wheat each, you’ll be rolling in Emeralds very fast. 


Successful Composting

If you’re not the adventurous type, you can instead compost food and plants to obtain some bone meal. This can then be used to make your crops grow faster! That said, many Minecraft players use composters along with hoppers to create redstone circuits. These can help immensely when it comes to automating crop collecting.


And that’s how simple it is to make a composter in Minecraft. Thankfully, they are one of the most common job site blocks, so you might not even need to craft one. Have you made any enormous crop farms using composters and redstone to automate them? If so, make sure to share them over at the Minecraft Forum!