Composting is an easy, economical way to keep nutrient-rich plant food at the ready. Not only is it good for your plants, if you pay by the can for waste removal, it can also be good for your garbage bill! Here is an inexpensive way to get started.
Layer 2: Next add some chopped leaves, junk mail, shredded cardboard, or a few sheets of newspaper. These materials are rich in carbon and referred to as browns. Other examples of browns include straw, woodchips or saw dust.
Layer 3: Your next layer should contain nitrogen-rich materials, also called greens. Greens include grass clippings, pet hair, dust bunnies, vegetable and fruit peelings, coffee grounds, and other non-fatty kitchen scraps including eggshells. If you are composting with worms, avoid onions and keep citrus peelings to a minimum (worms don't care for them). Avoid meat scraps and fatty foods like salad dressings and dairy products. They emit a strong odor when decomposing which attracts animals. Finish with another couple of handfuls of garden dirt and a few sprinkles from a watering can. Close the lid and you are all set! If you don't have enough materials to create all three layers right away, don't worry. Just keep adding waste as you generate it. Each time you add a layer of green, cover it with some browns and a few more handfuls of garden dirt.
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By Erin Van Patten06/12/2010
This was awesome! We just finished setting ours up today. We are new to farming/gardening and this sounded so "do-able"!
By Rebekah 04/07/2008
This is a wonderful way to have a small compost without having a section of the yard devoted to it. I'll be getting this started this weekend!
By Janet 04/03/2008
Great idea! I was just looking to start a small compost as my previous one has been taken over by kudzu. Thank you.
By Cheryl (Guest Post)04/03/2008
This was a great article. I love gardening and already have a mulch pile, but wanted a compost pile as well. I always hated the mixing part, but I like your setup and think I can maintain this with a minimum of effort.
Thanks so much!
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