Useful web links

Fertilization: Natural vs. Chemical

Water Pollution 101

Recommended books

Introduction to Composting

Composting guidelines

Composting method

Composting method

Use a container, such as a coffee can or Tupperware container. This can stay in the kitchen area for convenience. Add a 2-inch layer of shredded printer paper. Then add compostable materials. Then add layer of shredded paper, this acts as a lid. When can is full dump into a well-ventilated bin outside. Add worms. After about 4 weeks, or when bin is full, dump materials from bin into a hole in the ground or mix into a small leaf pile in designated shady area in yard. Let compost finish here. Turn pile once a month and sift materials with a screen to produce a fine finished product. Larger particles that do not make the screening process should be returned to new compost pile along with any worms. Also, adding soil or compost to a pile will help speed up breakdown of the materials.

  • Compost should not have foul odor, if it does it is due to a lack of oxygen (air flow) or a lack of brown material. Foul odor is a bad sign (anaerobic; unhealthy microorganisms), to correct this; blend in more brown material and turn the pile to allow more airflow, increase airflow to the pile.
  • Composting is best done in a shaded area away from the house

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