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Composting is nature's process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil known as compost. Anything that was once living will decompose. Basically, backyard composting is an acceleration of the same process nature uses. By composting your organic waste you are returning nutrients back into the soil in order for the cycle of life to continue. Finished compost looks like soil–dark brown, crumbly and smells like a forest floor.

Types of composting:
  • Backyard composting — If you have a yard and a balance of browns (fallen leaves or straw) and greens (grass clippings and food scraps), you have all you need to make compost. 

  • Worm composting (vermicomposting) — If you have a tiny yard or live in an apartment or have an abundance of food scraps, this type of composting is for you. 

  • Grasscycling --- If you have grass clippings and don't want to use them in a compost pile you can leave them on the lawn to decompose. Read about grasscycling for tips, techniques and benefits.

The information above was borrowed from Recycle Works of San Mateo County

Here is a basic drawing to make a compost bin for backyard composting. To make it more effective, and a little more interesting you can catch some worms and throw them in the pile. Ask your local garden store for more tips:
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Go to COMPOSTING 101 for great tips on how to Compost correctly!




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