is the end product of organic decomposition
of yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, small
tree and shrub trimmings, wood chips) and
kitchen waste (coffee grounds, raw vegetable
peelings, fruit skins and peelings). These
materials decompose naturally with moisture
is a practical and convenient way to transform
yard and kitchen waste into a resource. Compost
is a natural fertilizer that can be placed
in indoor and outdoor flower pots, around
shrubs and trees and in gardens.
compost as an additive to garden soil. To
create a rich additive, mix a layer of compost
1-3 inches thick into garden soil. The compost
adds small amounts of nutrients to the soil
and makes the soil easier to cultivate; improves
drainage and aeration of clay soils; supplies
extra nutrients to plants; and encourages
compost as mulch around trees, shrubs, flowers
and garden plants. To create a rich mulch,
apply it in 2-3 inch layers on top of the
soil around trees, shrubs, flowers and garden
plants. This type of mulch is valuable because
it helps reduce rainfall run-off; decreases
water evaporation; prevents soil erosion by
wind and water; helps control weeds; keeps
the soil cooler in hot weather and warmer
in cold weather; and has a pleasing appearance.
compost as a blended potting soil mixture.
To create a rich potting soil, blend with
soil, sand and other materials to make potting
mix for potted plants. The compost helps potting
soil stay soft while water is held in the
mixture of compost, soil and sand.
can be composted?
Fruit and Vegetable Peelings
cannot be composted?
Fatty Foods like Grease and Cooking Oils