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Materials to Compost

Keep this list of green and brown materials close to your compost bin so you can get the right mix of composting materials.

The key to quality composting is to get the right combination of nitrogen-rich (green) materials with carbon-rich (brown) materials. In the most nutritious compost heaps, carbon-to-nitrogen ratio is 30:1.

We know you’re busy, so make keeping track of your materials-in easy. Print off this sheet of compostable green and brown materials. Then staple it to your compost bin for a quick reference. (Laminate it first, of course, to withstand the weather.) We also left you space to track of which days you turn the pile.

If you don’t already have a compost bin, learn to build one out of wooden pallets.

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Good info.
Sarah, Marathon, ON
Posted: 6/25/2014 8:36:24 AM
I was confused with citrus fruit. In the past I did not excluded them & I don't believe I hurt my compost. Everthing seems to have fully decomposed. Then I read that's a no-no so I stopped. Now I read in the chart that it's okay as long as it's minimal (which was about the amount I used to toss-in). I think I will go back to tossing them back in.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 9/2/2013 9:53:15 AM
We will point our followers to this handy, easy to use chart. We stay away from hay as it can have seeds that are often unwanted in the garden.
jackie, flossmoor, IL
Posted: 9/2/2013 9:44:26 AM
Good to remember.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 2/18/2013 12:02:55 AM

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