2012-12-06 / News

Composting at home is easy

All you need to start your own compost pile is a dry, shady spot in your yard or on your land which is near a water source as well as tools such as pitchforks and shovels or machetes.

After your pile is started, you need to turn and mix it regularly to help maintain the compost.

Three basic ingredients are required:

Browns – materials such as dead leaves, branches and twigs

Greens – grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps and coffee grounds

Water – needed to keep the pile moist.

Each compost pile should have equal amounts of browns to greens. Brown materials provide carbon while greens provide nitrogen. Water helps break down the organic matter.

For the backyard compost pile, add brown and green materials as they are collected, shredding or chopping larger pieces. Mix grass clippings and green waste into the pile and bury fruit and vegetable waste under 10 inches of compost material.

When the material at the bottom is dark and rich in color, its ready to use. This can take anywhere from two months to two years.

Indoor composting is also an option by purchasing a special bin from your local hardware store. A properly managed bin will not attract pests or rodents and won’t smell bad.

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