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Recipes for Composting

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Shopping List

  • Green yard waste: grass clippings and weeds.
  • Brown yard waste: leaves, small brush and twigs.
  • Worms. Learn how to compost with worms .

Lazy Person's Compost

Ingredients: green and brown yard waste, water as needed.

Directions

  • In a heap, layer your yard waste as it accumulates. For faster composting, chip it up first.
  • Water so compost is kept as moist as a wrung-out sponge.
  • In a year to 18 months, the material at the bottom and center of the pile will be dark, crumbly compost. Sift, and use the uncomposted material to start a new batch.

Fast Compost

Ingredients: green and brown yard waste, water as needed.

Directions

  • Mix one part green yard waste with two parts brown to form a pile (an average size is 4' x 4' x 4'). For fast composting, chop it up first with a hoe or lawn mower.
  • Mix in one inch of soil.
  • Keep the pile as moist as a wrung-out sponge.
  • Turn the pile every week to let air in.
  • Finished compost will take between 4 weeks and 1 year, depending on how often you turn it and how well you maintain the moisture of the pile.


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