Compost is an organic material, like lawn trimmings and some food scraps. Other organic materials like lawn trimming and some food scraps can be added to soil to help plants grow. Not only does compost help your flowers, plants, and lawn grow, it also keeps some items out of landfills.
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Make sure your compost has a brown and green material mixture with plenty of moisture. Brown material can include dry leaves, twigs, or coffee grounds, while green material includes fruit and vegetable scraps or grass trimmings. Keep your compost moist by adding enough water to make up at least 40-60% of your pile. It can take two to five weeks for your compost to be ready for use in your garden beds.
- Composting requires three ingredients. Browns like dead leaves, greens like grass clippings and vegetable waste, and water.
- Other composting items include - coffee grounds, eggshells, shredded newspaper, wood chips, hair and fur, tea bags, and any leftover fruits or vegetables.
- Do not compost items, including dairy products, meats, or pet waste.
- Do your composting in a dry, shady spot.
- Ensure items are chopped or shredded into small pieces.
- Composting can take between two and five weeks before it breaks down into usable compost that is safe to add to your soil.