Composting Reduces waste and can help your lawn and garden
Step-By-Step Composting:
1. Pick a spot on your property to compost.
2. Gather organic wastes for composting.
3. Put organic wastes into a pile. Or use a composting bin (optional).

What to compost:
Technically, anything that was once alive can be composted. However, the following materials are generally recommended:

  • Kitchen scraps – fruit and vegetable peels, egg shells, tea bags, rotten fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds including filters, or other unwanted food.
  • Yard and plant waste – leaves, grass clippings, medium twigs, wood chips, dead or unwanted house plants, dead/dying cut flowers, weeds (not covered with seeds), fire ashes.

What NOT to compost:

  • Meat or dairy products
  • Pet Wastes
Other Composting tips:
1. Turn the pile with a pitchfork to speed up the process.
2. Water the pile if there is a shortage of rain.
3. Have more than one pile, so you can let one finish completely.
4. Use finished compost (looks like soil) in your garden, on your lawn, around plants.

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