Some DO’s And DONT’s When Composting

Composting is a cost-effective way of providing nutrients to your garden organically. And it’s fairly easy to do, especially if you are armed with the proper tools and know how. Below are some guidelines to follow if you’d like to try your hand at composting at home.

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DO

Use leafy greens, fruit and vegetable peels, newspaper, dried leaves, hedge clippings, coffee grounds, egg shells and tea bags.

Use worms in composting bins. Get the red wriggler ones if you want to use worms.

Keep in a dark cool place. If composting indoors, keep away from windows. For outdoor composting, find a shaded area.

Occasionally dig through and stir or turn your compost to evenly distribute composted matter.

Keep your compost moist, not wet.

Chop up larger food wastes for faster breakdown in the compost bin.

Make sure your composting bin has small drainage holes to allow for juices to drip.

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DON’T

Use cat, dog and human feces; milk and dairy products, citrus peels, glossy/coated paper, chemicals, motor oils; treated wood and wood shavings, diseased plants, hazardous and medical wastes.

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Add in leftover food, especially to an outdoor compost heap as it will attract rodents and other unwanted wildlife. This includes raw meat and fish, bones and other animal products.

Add plastics and metals.

Let it soak in water.

Use worms when composting in a heap outdoors. Since the heap is not contained in a tub, the worms will likely escape and bury underground, or get picked and eaten by birds.

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