Compost {How To}

Even if you are short on time, you can compost.  It’s a great way of cutting down on the amount of trash you throw away, and you get the richest dirt for free!

There are two kinds of materials you add to your compost:  green materials, which are full of nitrogen, and brown materials, which are full of carbon.  You should try to add equal amounts to your compost.  If you add equal amounts, you will get usable dirt quicker.

Green Materials
  • Grass clippings
  • Weeds
  • Green leaves
  • Kitchen scraps
  • Eggshells
  • Hair and fur

Brown Materials
  • Shredded newspapers
  • Dried leaves
  • Sawdust
  • Wood chips
  • Paper bags
  • Paper towels
  • Twigs
  • Tea bags
  • Wheat straw
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Cardboard
  • Dryer lint

Build your compost like you would lasagna:  A thin layer of brown materials, then a thin layer of green materials.  Start with chopped up brown leaves, then add grass clippings or kitchen scraps. The smaller the materials you add to the compost, the quicker they will decompose.  Keep adding layers of both kinds of materials.

To keep the pile cooking, use a pitchfork to turn it up, mix it, and oxygenate it.

When you are cooking, do not throw out those kitchen scraps!  Put them in a container right outside your door (I do this to keep the fruit flies away), or have a small trashcan inside your house with a good, secure lid.  When it is full, dump it on the compost pile.

Once in a while, I will go and find my scraps gone, as some animal ate them, but it doesn’t bother me because I know I am helping the animals live.

Do you want amazing, free soil for your garden?  Try composting.  Your garden will thank you!

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