- Grass clippings add necessary nitrogen to a compost pile, but be sure to mix with the “brown” materials that add carbon. Both are necessary for quick decomposition and rich compost. Piles made up of just grass will compact, slow down and start to stink.
- Do not compost fats, pet droppings, or animal products. They will attract pests to the pile and can spread disease.
- Newspaper or plain white paper from the computer is excellent for composting – just remember to shred it first to speed up the process.
- Got compost? When finished it should look, feel and smell like rich, dark soil. You should not be able to recognize any of the items you put in there.
- Plants that have been treated with pesticides and/or herbicides (weeds and lawn clippings) should be avoided.
- Finished compost is usually less than half the volume of the materials you started with, but it’s much denser.
- Wooden pallets make excellent compost bins. Start with one pallet on the ground. Drive two metal stakes into each side. Slide additional pallets over each support and you have a bin ready for compost.
- For faster composting keep your pile or compost bin in direct sun.
- Anything that was living at one time is great for compost bins. Think of leaves, vegetables, and grass clippings.
- Apply finished compost to your garden about 2-4 weeks before you plant, giving the compost time to integrate and stabilize within the soil.
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