How Do I Compost?
Composting is a lot like cooking. The 4 magic ingredients for successful compost are: “greens,” “browns,” air and water. One popular method is called “lasagna composting” where you create alternating layers of “greens” (food scraps, green plant trimmings) and at least twice as many “browns” (carbon-rich material like wood-chips, dried- leaves, and straw) in a confined space like a 3 foot x 3 foot bin. Add air by stirring it occasionally with a stick or turning it with a pitchfork. Add some water to keep the pile moist. Keep it covered to retain moisture and heat from microbe activity. Mother Nature does the rest- your compost should be ready in 3-6 months, depending on the season.
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How Do I Get Started?
Composting is an activity you can do at home. It’s great for engaging kids and helping them understand the food and soil cycle. You don’t need a lot of space and when done right, there will be no offensive odors.
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