Super-Easy Compost - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by alinasls
February 16, 2010
Hello, I'm a newbie vegetable gardener and read that you can put some vegetable scraps/egg shells through a blender or a food processor and use that as compost. 1. Is that really true? 2. If so, would I simply dig the resulting

Answer from NGA
February 16, 2010


I like to tell beginning composters that you don't need a calculator to compost. Everything rots eventually! However, the process does work much faster if you mix about an equal volume of green and brown materials and keep it uniformly moist. Leaves are terrific carbon sources. Here are some green, or nitrogen, sources in addition to kitchen scraps to put into your compost pile: fresh garden and landscape trimmings, manure (don't use dog, cat, or pet bird droppings, which may contain parasites), grass clippings, hair (yes, very high in nitrogen. I know someone who collects a big bag of it periodically from a hair salon!) and weeds, but not if they've gone to seed or they spread with runners. Brown materials include sawdust, straw, chopped prunings, shredded paper, shredded cardboard, paper towels, Pine needles, dry leaves, Coffee grounds/teabags. You can simply pile everything up in a corner of the yard or you can dig a pit and dump everything in. Remember to keep the pile uniformly moist and to turn it to provide oxygen for all those little microorganisms doing the work. Good luck with your compost!

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