The Art of Composting

The Art of Backyard Composting

Composting happens. Organic material breaks down over time. Making compost is a controlled or managed version of the natural process. By concentrating the activity in one place and balancing food, air and water — composting happens faster.

Making Compost: A Simple Summary

  1. Buy or build a rodent-resistant bin.
  2. Locate the bin on well-drained, level soil.
  3. Use coarse organic material such as straw or prunings on the bottom few inches.
  4. Chop material into smallish pieces.
  5. Add green nitrogen-rich material (moist) and brown carbon-rich material (dry).
  6. Dig food waste in the center and cover.
  7. Aerate the material once a week.
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