Jan 2 2011

Composting Maintenance

Turn the compost every week or so (better yet, let the kids turn it – turning yucky, smelly stuff is fun!).

Keep a pile of dry lawn clipping and grass (nitrogen) and a pile of straw or leaves (carbon) next to the pile to add as needed.

How will you know if it’s needed? You’ll smell it.

Throw a tarp over the heap so it doesn’t get too wet.

It’s a good idea to add a layer of browns on top of greens. In other words, if you add food scraps (most are considered green), throw some leaves or hay on top to deter pests and flies.

Remember the moisture needs to be about 40% (the amount of a damp sponge). Too wet? Add some dry straw or shredded paper. Too Dry? Add some water.

MOISTURE LEVEL

The moisture needs to be about 40% (the amount of a damp sponge). Too wet? Add some dry straw or shredded paper. Too Dry? Add some water.

AIR

Composting organisms need oxygen to survive. You can aerate the pile by turning the mixture every week or so.

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SHREDDING MATERIALS

Larger material takes longer to compost, so shred or chop what you can.

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