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Compost 101

We are digging these tips from the pros at Pike Nursery

Composting is a traditional agricultural practice that recycles organic matter and produces a soil conditioner that is rich in nutrients. Eco-friendly enthusiasts can add almost anything from the kitchen and garden — including eggshells, cut flowers and leaves, grass clippings, coffee grounds, paper filters, newspapers and tea bags.!

  1. Place the compost pile near the house to easily transport kitchen scraps.
  2. Collect only plant-based materials for the compost.
  3. Add coffee grounds to improve drainage, water retention and aeration in the soil.
  4. Chop or shred organic matter to expedite the compost process
  5. Keep the compost pile moist. In order for decomposition to occur in a timely fashion, the compost pile needs heat, air and moisture. To test the compost pile for moisture, take some in hand and squeeze. If it drips, the pile is too wet. If this is the case, add some brown matter. If it feels as dry as dust, add water and stir.

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