Backyard Composting

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Ready to do more than just grasscycle?  Try returning to your agricultural roots of a few generations ago and learn to compost, as our Master Composters do.  It isn’t difficult, it reduces waste, and it produces a quality compost for garden and plant areas.

Composting will take chipped yard waste, grass clippings, raw kitchen scraps, crushed egg shells, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, even the newspaper, and break it all down into a dark, rich soil that puts nutrients back into the your yard.  Other good materials for the compost pile are fruit and vegetable peels, cores and seeds, old lettuce, old flower bouquets and straw.

Think about it:  Why should you buy things in the first place, pay for them to be taken to the landfill, then turn around and buy compost or mulch – someone else’s product -- at the store?  Try your hand at composting.  You’ll be sold on it in three months. 

You can spend from $50 to $300 to purchase a manufactured compost bin, or you can make one from scraps in the garage.  In order to heat up and “cook” properly, the pile should be at least 3’ x 3’ x 3’ (one cubic yard) in size.  There is a lot of information on the Internet about how to start and maintain a compost pile, such as “Be Jane©: Composting Tips" or www.sunset.com/compost.  You can also check out the composting information on the JPA’s website.