Composting Information

COMPOSTING AT HOME
 
 
Why
·        To recycle yard & food scraps instead of disposing of them
·        To create healthy fertilizer for your garden
 
Where
·        Anywhere in your yard, preferably in the sun
·        In an open pile
·        In a purchased composting bin
·        In a homemade composting bin:
o       4 Used pallets fastened at the corners
o       Chicken wire
o       Anything that will let air & rain in & through
 
What
·        “browns” – sawdust, shredded brush & branches, leaves, straw, wood shavings, dry grass clippings
·        “greens” – weeds, grass clippings, wood stove ashes, flowers, grain-eating livestock manure, vegetable & fruit scraps, grain product scraps (bread, pasta, etc.), crushed egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags ( leave out meat, fish, bones, or cheese if you don’t want animal visitors)
 
How
·        Place the materials that you have available in your pile
·        Try for at least half “browns” to let the compost “heat up”
·        Layer your materials or mix them up
·        When you have more to add, just pile them on top, or dig a hole in the pile, put them in & cover them
·        Either leave the pile alone for a year or so, or if you want faster results, turn the pile every few weeks to let the air get to the inside
·        When you can’t tell what went into it anymore & the pile is all brown and crumbly –
That’s compost!
 
Who Benefits
·        We do when you keep materials out of the waste stream
·        You do when you use your compost – “brown gold” – as fertilizer for your garden to make the soil healthy & rich!