Compost Maintenance

Food is going to rot, no matter what.  

But you should help it.

Doing it right ensures that you’ll produce good soil quickly with less smell!

CONSIDER:

  1. proper balance of material- there is an ideal ratio of carbon and nitrogen levels that
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    photo courtesy of polywoodinc.com

    will allow for efficient aerobic conditions (NRDC.ORG)

    1.  TWO parts BROWNS to ONE part GREENS

      1. Browns = shredded newspaper, dead leaves, napkins
      2. Greens = food scraps
  1. Turn your pile with a shovel
    1. weekly in the summer
    2. every 3-4 weeks in winter
  1. After each layer
    sprinkle some good garden soil on top
  2. water it! compost should always be slightly damp

THE GOAL = dark soil with a musty smell and no identifiable items

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photo courtesy of Hammond Farms

What to do with your finished compost soil : sprinkle around garden, mix it in with potting soil, use as a top dressing for your lawn

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