Composting 101

DO COMPOST

  • Garden Debris (With the exception of Tomato plants and Bermuda Grass)

  • Food Scraps

  • Fruit Wastes

  • Straw & Hay

  • Coffee Grounds & Tea Bags

  • Hair & Dryer Lint

  • News Paper & Corrugated Cardboard

 

DON’T COMPOST

  • Weeds & Grasses: Invasive Kinds “GONE TO SEED” such as morning glory, buttercups, Bermuda grasses, quackgrass, crabgrass, oxalis, etc.

  • Branches and Wood Trunks

  • Large Amounts of ANYTHING SOGGY

  • Wood Ashes

  • Lime

  • BBQ Charcoal

  • Meat, Grease, Bones, Skin

  • Dairy Products, Fatty Foods

  • NO HUMAN OR ANIMAL WASTE

  • Plastic, Metal, Glass

  • Contaminated Matter

  • Heavy Cardboard

 

Compost Bin #1

•    Garden Debris,Weeds, Leaves, Grass Clippings, Dead Plants

•    Food Scraps    •    Fruit Wastes  

•    Straw & Hay  •    Coffee Grounds & Tea Bags

•    Hair & Dryer Lint    •    News Paper & Corrugated Cardboard

Incoming

Check the temperature of the compost from time to time, ideally with a compost thermometer. The pile should be warm in the middle. After the middle has reached 140 to 150ºF, turn the pile from the original bin into the adjacent center bin. Close monitoring of the temperature is essential only for the most rapid composting since the process will go on at varying rates even if close attention is not given to temperature.

 

Compost Bin #2

 

WORKING

Once set up, the three bin composting system will consist of one with yard waste being composted; one bin empty, to or from which the compost is turned; and one bin containing finished, or nearly finished.

 

Compost Bin #3

 

Finished

Ready to Use!!!

 

Click Here for additional information on Composting.
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