Composting… Turning Trash to Treasure What is compost? Compost is decomposed organic materials. Compost improves our soil! Compost acts as soil “glue” holding soil particles together. Compost helps soil hold more water. Compost contains nutrients plants need. Why compost?
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Compost is decomposed organic materials.
Compost reduces the amount of chemical fertilizers needed, thereby saving you money!
Compost bins can be built easily & inexpensively! Construct a compost bin out of wire-mesh, wooden pallets, a garbage can, or make a worm composting bin!Easy to use instruction sheets are available at your Cooperative Extension Office.Compost bins are also available for purchase and vary in size and price.
Garbage can compost bin. Image obtained from ENRI 311: Constructing a Garbage Can Compost Bin.
As you build your compost pile, think of a layered cake. Alternatematerials that are “green” with materials that are “brown.” Remember your compost pile needs water and air just like you do! “Green” materials are high in nitrogen (examples include food scraps, grass clippings, and manure). “Brown” materials are high in carbon (examples include paper, sawdust, woodchips, leaves, & straw).
Fruit and Vegetable ScrapsHuman Hair, Fur, & Feathers Clothes Dryer Lint
Newspaper or Shredded Paper (Avoid Colored and Shiny/Glossy Kind)Straw or HayEggshells, Coffee Grounds, & TeabagsNutshellsGrass Clippings & Yard WasteLeaves - Fresh or Dry - From Trees & ShrubsSawdust or Wood shavings (in Small Quantities)
Contact Ashley Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-257-2505 or your local Extension office.Visit http://www.ca.uky.edu/enri/compost.php for downloadable fact sheets, interactive games, and more related to compost.