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Composting Do's and Don'ts

Here are some of the Do's and Don'ts to help you quickly and efficiently compost:


  • Stir the pile frequently, to maximize air penetration.

  • Keep the pile moist.

  • Chip or shred larger branches and plant stalks. The more surface area bacteria has to work, the quicker the decomposition.

  • Use garden, yard, and kitchen plant wastes.

  • Keep materials loose, to allow air circulation

  • Use a variety of organic materials

  • Put worms in an open compost pile, but not a compost barrel, bin or tumbler.


  • Do not put animal remains, meat, or fats in the pile. They attract unwanted "critters".

  • Do not put grass clippings too thickly, they smell as they decay.

  • Do not put diseased plants of any kind, into the compost pile. Plant disease over-winters in a pile, and re-infests your garden next year.

  • Do not include any inorganic material in the compost..

  • Do not use materials that have been treated with any kind of chemicals(insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, etc.).

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