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You know that compost is great for your garden. You even appreciate how composting kitchen scraps and yard waste reduces the amount of material going into the landfill. But if you're reluctant to start composting, gain confidence by learning the myths vs. facts.
The truth is that composting is easy and rewarding, and adding compost to your soil is the single best thing you can do for your plants. We're here to debunk some common myths about composting.
Fact: Making compost is an easy and natural process. Organic materials want to break down into compost. (Consider how leaves on the forest floor decompose, releasing nutrients back to the trees.)
Fact: Although complex compost recipes exist, you can easily create high-quality compost by layering a variety of moist ingredients (like kitchen scraps) and dry ingredients (like dried leaves). Scroll down to Getting Started for easy how-to tips.
Fact: While an open pile that never gets turned might take several seasons to decompose, with an efficient tumbling composter you can have nutrient-rich finished compost in as little as six weeks!
Fact: Using an enclosed composter is one sure-fire way to deter vermin. Stick to vegetable scraps and yard waste; placing meat or dairy products in your compost pile will attract rodents, as well as dogs and cats.
Fact: Compost has an odor only when it's too wet or there's too much nitrogen. The simple techniques outlined in the Getting Started section will keep your compost pile "cooking" properly and prevent odors.
Fact: Place an attractive compost crock on your counter as a convenient way to collect scraps. Biodegradable liners that you can toss right into your compost bin make clean-up a breeze.
Fact: Small-space bins, such as our Eco Stack™ Composter take up as little as four square feet!
Fact: Worm composting, also called vermicomposting, is one way to compost indoors. If worms aren't your cup of tea, there are electric composters that automatically heat and aerate scraps for efficient indoor composting.
(sometimes called "brown")have little moisture.
(sometimes called "green")include lots of moisture.
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Whether you're composting in a pile or using a composter, here are some tips for easy, efficient and odor-free composting.
Last updated: 3/1/19
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