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Composting FAQs


  1. What should I compost?

  2. Now that I have some compost, what do I do with it?

  3. What are good websites to learn more about compost?





1. What should I compost?

Grass clippings and fall leaves are abundant compost materials for most homeowners. Weeds free of seedheads and crop residues, such as vines and leaves, are other sources. Never include weed seed or perennial roots or stems that might become established. Collect vegetable and fruit peelings, coffee grounds, crushed eggshells, and similar kitchen waste for your compost pile. Don't use meat waste; it attracts animals. Acquire additional materials, such as sawdust, manure, hay, or straw, from sources such as stables and carpenter shops.

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2. Now that I have some compost, what do I do with it?

You can work three to four inches of it into a new garden. You can use it like mulch and place it around your plants. You can spread it on your lawn. Compost is natures ‘gold’ and it:

  1. Improves soil structure
  2. Improves nutrient holding capacity
  3. Reduces soil compaction and crusting
  4. Reduces fertilizer requirements
  5. Increases ease of cultivation
  6. Improves root growth and yields
  7. Improves water infiltration and drought tolerance
  8. Protects plants from disease
  9. Increases microbial and earthworm populations

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3. What are good websites to learn more about compost?

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