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The great thing about composting is that you can throw a bunch of leaf clippings, food scraps, and dried leaves into a pile and they will decompose into crumbly, nutrient-rich compost for your garden. Depending on the size of your compost pile, what you put in it, and how you tend to it, this process can take three months to two years.
If you want to get compost in a hurry, there are a few things you can do to speed the process along:
Note: In years past, many experts have recommended adding manure—which is nitrogen-rich—to your compost bin to speed up the microbial activity. New strains of bacteria have caused concerns, however, and some people are backing away from that suggestion. Alfalfa meal and soybean meal are high-nitrogen alternatives and are available at many feed stores.
Last updated: 2/27/19
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