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Basics of Having a Compost Bin

One of the best things that you can do for your garden is to start composting and have a compost bin. Below is an introduction to composting and what you need to do to get started.

Composting requires 4 basic components:

Before you begin there are four basic components that you need for your compost bin. Each of these gives something that will help your garden.

  • Greens – vegetable and fruit waste from your kitchen, clippings from the lawn, etc.
  • Browns – Wood chips, shredded leaves, etc
  • Moisture – water will help with creating the perfect environment to break down the ingredients
  • Air – Even though it can happen without any aeration, air will accelerate the process.

What You Should Include in a Compost Bin

Below are the things that you want to put in your compost bin. These are the organic items that are going to help your garden.

  • Coffee grounds, tea bags, and coffee filters
  • Eggshells
  • Fireplace ashes
  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Nutshells
  • Paper, newspaper, and cardboard (torn or shredded for quicker breakdown)
  • Sawdust & wood chips
  • Yard trimmings
  • Yard trimmings

What You Should Not Put in a Compost Bin

Now that we know what you should put in a compost bin, we are going to look at the things you should not put in a compost bin. Most of these are going to attract unwanted visitors to your yard, so you don’t want that.

  • Bones
  • Cooking oils & grease
  • Dairy products
  • Meat scraps
  • Pet waste

We hope that you enjoyed this blog. Look for more posts about composting as we continue our series.

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