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Published on Feb 16, 2009
Composting helps your yard and the environment by recycling household scraps and yard waste. Give annuals, perennials and vegetable gardens a quick boost of energy and fertilization with compost dirt that is full of nutrients. First select an area where you would like to have your compost pile. Compost bins or an area of natural earth are both beneficial. By fencing off an area in the natural earth, it allows vital organisms like worms to work and aerate the compost.
Begin by lining your compost bin with straw. Like the bin in this video, it has two separate compartments. We recommend that one side is used for finished compost and one for making compost. Things to compost are fruits and vegetables, coffee and tea bags, rinsed egg shells, newspaper shreddings, fireplace debris and saw dust. Things that should not be composted are meat, bones, fat, grease, dairy products and pet waste. From your yard you can collect weeds and grass clippings. When adding your layers, remember to add alternating wet and dry layers to help composting.
The two key ingredients for your compost are moisture and oxygen. The compost needs to remain moist to decompose properly. Mix with a pitchfork weekly to promote oxygen. If the compost is too wet, be sure to add dry material, and likewise if it is too dry, add more moisture. Once the compost is ready, after about 2 months, make sure it is crumbly and smells earthy, then it is ready for use! For more videos like How to Compost at Home with a Composting Bin, visit http://www.Lowes.com/Videos