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Composting Do’s

Grass Clippings
Excellent GREEN source. During spring and summer this can amount to almost 50% of your materials. Turn the compost often in the first 2 weeks. You may also desire to dry out the clippings for a few days before adding them to the bin.

Coffee Grounds & Tea Bags
A good GREEN source. The compost bin is the best place for these common items. The microbes love a java fix!

Leaves
A superior BROWN source, abundant leaves in the fall are worthy of stockpiling and added to the pile over many months to come. Whole leaves (maples) break down more slowly. Shredded leaves are best for fastest decomposition into incredible leaf mulch.

Dead Plants, Weeds & Garden Debris
A good GREEN source, weeds, plant trimmings, dead flowers, stalks, etc. are excellent materials. When placed in bin, take a shovel and slice or chop them up into smaller sizes for faster decomposing.

Food Scraps
A good GREEN source. Smaller pieces decompose fast, so chop up in kitchen or with a shovel in bin. Don't put large quantities in bin at one time without balancing with BROWN materials. Always keep covered with BROWN material at top of bin.

Newspaper & Corrugated Cardboard
A neutral source. There is no nutrient content in such items that will increase the richness of your compost. However, the microbes or worms like them. Always shred and soak them first and layer in bin.

Fruit Wastes
A good GREEN source. Chop up rinds and peels into small pieces for faster break down. Never leave exposed at top of pile; cover with a layer of BROWN material.

Manure
A good GREEN source. Acts as an activator to heat up the pile. Some fresh manure (chicken) can be too hot for a pile. For detailed instructions.

Hair, dryer lint
A natural source. It just makes sense to compost these since they are considered to be organic material

Straw & Hay
A good BROWN source. Best to chop or shred it for faster decomposition, otherwise the particles break down slowly in colder piles.