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Tips for Preparing Compost Materials

One of the secrets to quickly decomposing compost materials, is to get them ready to compost.  

Preparing materials for the composting process, will allow the materials to decompose much quicker, than just tossing the materials into the composting pile, or into the composter.

You have two goals, as you get materials ready to compost:

First shred the material into fine pieces. Smaller pieces of compost provides more surface area, for micro-organisms to do their job of quickly decomposing the material.

Secondly, mix green and brown materials together. This combination translates to faster, more efficient decomposition.

If you have the luxury of a chipper-shredder, it's cinch to send everything through it before putting it into the compost pile.

A lawn mower does a good job shredding leaves and plant matter. Set the materials on the ground and go over it a few times with the lawn mower. Then, rake them up and it is ready to compost. 

Break branches and twigs into many pieces, the more the better. Use pruners , as needed.

Mix the different types of materials together as you put the into the compost pile. his results in more decomposition.

If you have leftover compost from a previous batch, mix in a few shovels-ful. It is rich in micro-organisms, which will rapidly multiply in a new pile.  

More on Mixing Nitrogen and Carbon Materials

Identifying Green and Brown compost materials:

Green (Nitrogen) Compost Materials

Brown (Carbon) Compost Materials

Composting Tip: To speed up decomposition, mix and turn your compost regularly.


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