Composting

Composting is the decomposition of leaves, grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps, and other organic wastes by bacteria, fungi, worms, and other organisms. These organisms feed on this organic material and break it down into simpler organic compounds, which is called humus.

Why Compost
  • The humus created from composting is an extremely valuable soil conditioner because it readily releases nutrients back to the soil when applied as a mulch.
  • Since 1992, state law prohibits the dumping of yard waste into landfills.
  • Composting saves valuable space in the landfill; thus extending it’s life expectancy.
How to Compost
  • Collect and pile your organic wastes (fruit and vegetable wastes, yard waste, etc.) in an inconspicuous spot out of the wind and sunlight.
  • Surround the pile with chicken wire, cement blocks or some kind of fence, or you can use a homemade wooden bin or commercially made composter. This keeps all of the compost in one place and prevents animals from making a mess.
  • Keep the compost pile continually damp, but not soggy.
  • Turn the pile every few days to help speed the process.
  • Add more organic wastes as they become available.
  • Your compost is ready to use when it is dark and crumbly like rich soil.
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