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So Easy to Compost

By Elizabeth McNeil

Anytime is a good time to compost. A good mix of green
materials (vegetable and fruit kitchen scraps) and brown
materials (fallen leaves and shredded paper) are needed for
making good compost.

Sometimes people are reluctant to have a compost pile because
it can attract unwanted animals and insects. Don’t use
meat,fish or seafood which would make your compost a buffet for
critters. Discourage animals by turning your compost more often
thereby adding more oxygen to the compost and creating top soil
faster.

Compost to reduce global warming. Unlike burning, which
converts carbon to carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas), composting
returns a good portion of the carbon in plant materials to the
soil where it is stored.

Many of our neighbors don’t know how or don’t want to compost
for a variety of reasons. If you compost, invite them to drop
their Fall leaves into your compost pile. In that way, they
won’t burn them, causing air pollution, or have them carried
away in plastic bags to the landfill. Some neighbors might be
interested in composting but don’t know how to get started. Be
a good neighbor, a good gardener, and help them. By composting,
we’re closer to zero waste, and we’re gaining lots of free top
soil.

These websites offer good composting information:

http://www.howtocompost.org
http://www.compostinstructions.com/