Compost

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Compost

You can make your garden flourish, reduce pollution, improve soil structure and slow climate change all with compost!

Composting doesn't smell bad if you use the proper ratio inputs

Our shop has the tools that will help you compost successfully

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Help, my compost is wet!

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Good Compost!

  • Compost is super food for plants
  • Compost creates organic fertilizer
  • Compost improves your soil structure
  • Compost introduces important microorganisms to your soil
  • Compost can reduce toxic contaminates in your soil
  • Compost can increase the flowering and vegetables on your plants
  • Compost suppresses diseases that could hurt you plants
  • Compost can keep as much as 80 percent of your garbage out of landfills

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Compost How-to

Getting Started

Do: get a compost bin. Because a good bin will keep pets, rodents and other pests out, and compost compact and tidy. Additionally if the bin will hold any smells if your system become unbalanced

Do: find a home for you compost bin.   Compost can be set up in a yard on terraces, rooftops, patios, next to outdoor garbage cans in side alleys, courtyards, and community gardens it does not matter if your bin is in the sun or shade.

Do: start collecting an equal ratio of brown, dry, carbon materials to green, wet, nitrogen materials

Composting

Do: place an equal ratio of brown, dry, carbon materials to green, wet, nitrogen materials in the compost bin

Do: continue to add an equal ratio of brown, dry, carbon materials to green, wet, nitrogen materials in the compost bin

Do: Check the moisture.  The ideal moisture level for your compost bin like a wrung out sponge: moist, but not soggy

Do:  mix, or turn or fluff compost bi-weekly, if left unturned soil production will slow down and microorganisms creating your compost may lack oxygen creating bad smells

Do: continue to add materials and make compost

Compost key: you need a equal ratio of brown, dry, carbon materials to green, wet, nitrogen materials

Compost greens

Greens are fresh, moist, nitrogen-rich materials

Fruit and vegetable scraps

Coffee grounds and tea bags

Green garden trimmings

Fresh leaves and flowers

Composting browns

Browns are dry dead carbon rich materials

Dry plant material

Bread and grains

Egg shells

Nutshells

Shredded newspaper

Stale beans, flour and spices

Wood ashes

Brewery waste hops and pomice

Fall leaves, small twigs, and woody pruning

Don’t Compost

These items will cause composting problems

Meat or fish scraps

Fats, grease or oil

Cheese or dairy products

Weeds with seeds

Large branches (will compost but take years)

Avocado or other fruit pits (will compost but take years)

Plastics

Rubber

Glass

Colored or glossy paper

Construction or manufactured goods

Cat or dog feces; kitty litter

Coal or charcoal

Pesticide treated plants

Diseased or pest infested plants

Green plants