What goes in a compost pile?

With leaves falling and perhaps that last trimming of the yard before fall, it’s a great time to start a compost pile if you don’t have one yet. All you need to get started is easy to come by, especially as you give your yard a fall clean-up.

The four simple ingredients you need are “green” and “brown” organic waste, water, and air! Mixing these together and then giving them time to “cook,” will produce a nutritious amendment for the soil next spring.

Follow these simple steps to create your own compost. Then use the lists below to help you add in the right materials for success!

DO compost these:
• Grass clippings
• Twigs and leaves
• Coffee grounds and filters
• Tea leaves and bags
• Eggshells
• Fruit and vegetable scraps
• Shredded newspaper
• Dryer lint
• Nut shells
• Stale bread

DON’T put these in the pile:
• Diseased plants
• Weeds that have gone to seed
• Plants that are spread by runners, such as Morning Glory or Buttercup
• Pet or human waste
• Chemically treated wood products
• Glossy or coated papers
• Ashes
• Scraps and bones from meat and fish
• Oils and other fatty food products
• Milk or dairy products

For even more about composting, check out State of Composting in the U.S.

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