Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Composting Basics

Composting is a great way to add nutrients to any garden. It's easy, environment-friendly, and virtually free! If you're thinking about starting a compost pile but don't know how to begin, read on!

* You can purchase a compost bin or put one together yourself. (We made our compost bins with a large sheet of chicken wire — 4 feet wide and 13 feet long — and a few plastic cable ties. We have three open-ended cylinders that sit directly on the ground. The worms love it!)
* Balance your "greens" and "browns." That is, add both dry brown leaves and green plant trimmings.
* Add fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen. Don't forget egg shells, tea bags, and coffee grounds. Avoid oils and meat products.
* Keep your compost aerated. Mix the pile after each addition.
* Don't let your compost pile dry out.
* Don't let it get too soggy either.
* For more information on composting or to order composting equipment, visit www.howtocompost.org.
* Forward this email to your friends, family, and colleagues to show them how easy it is to get started.

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