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Composting: Everything You Wanted To Know (But Didn’t Want To Ask)

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Most people know what composting is but are often not sure how to create their own compost pile – or they wonder if it will really make a difference.

Creating a pile, though, is fairly easy and very beneficial to your garden as well as the environment as a whole.

There are three ways to create compost: aerobic composting, anaerobic composting and vermicomposting. Most composters are familiar with the first two, but the last one is less known since it requires a lot more work. For this article I’m going to concentrate on aerobic composting. However, I will explain the anaerobic system briefly.

Anaerobic or Aerobic

Anaerobic means “without oxygen.”

Aerobic means “with oxygen.”

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Suggested Equipment

Rolling bins

Tumbling composters

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Compost pile

Why should you compost?

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What can I compost?

If you contact your local USDA Extension office they will tell you that you should never add bones, meat or fat scraps, oils or dairy to your compost. The reason being that they break down much more slowly than plant materials. This is true. However, that does not mean that you can’t utilize those items in your compost pile. It just takes a bit more care. The only item that I do not add to my compost pile is straight oil that I have used for deep frying. Otherwise, it is fair game for the pile.

Most composting material is considered green, brown or other. Green composting material introduces nitrogen into the soil. Brown composting material introduces carbon into the soil. Other materials can introduce nitrogen and/or carbon, as well as other trace minerals that plants require into the soil.

‘Green’ composting materials:

‘Brown’ composting materials:

Other composting materials:

And that’s all there is to it. Your pile or bin will turn out a wonderfully rich hummus that you can add to your garden when it’s time to plant, and you can mix with your soil when you’re ready to plant your garden.

What is your favorite way to compost? Share your tips in the section below:

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