Compost is a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter and is used for fertilizing and conditioning land. Home composting reduces the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides and encourages a higher yield in crops. Consisting of nutrient-rich brown and green material, compost creation is low-maintenance and can be done on both small and large scales.
Creating your own compost will save you money and is easy to do! With compost starters like Ringer® Compost Plus available to help organically speed up the process, you can start reaping the benefits of your own compost in no time. Your plants and the environment will thank you.
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com•post: noun: \käm-,p?st\: a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter and is used for fertilizing and conditioning land (Source: Merriam Webster)
Reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers
Promote higher yields of agriculture crops
Remove solids, oil, grease, and heavy metals from storm water runoff
Reduces the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides
Captures & destroys 99.6% of industrial volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in contaminated air
More than 25% of the typical household's waste is yard trimmings and food scraps that can be composted (Source: NCSU.edu)
Community Composting Programs Exist
They're beneficial because...
Provides a neighborhood level local operation
Encourages people to get involved in the production and use of compost
Produced compost can benefit the local community’s gardens, parks, etc.
Can create a gateway to other environmentally-friendly community initiatives
In order for a compost pile to decompose efficiently, you need to create the right ratio of carbon (C) to nitrogen (N) (C/N). An ideal compost pile should have a 30:1 C/N ratio. Grass clippings alone have about a 20:1 C/N ratio. (Source: OrganicGardening.com)
Greens vs. Browns
The mixture of green materials and brown materials is a crucial combination for composting success. Green materials are rich in nitrogen or protein and tend to heat a compost pile up. Brown materials are carbon or carbohydrate-rich and they are the food sources for all the organisms that will work with the microbes to break down your compost.
Twigs, chipped tree branches/bark
Straw or hay
Paper (newspaper, writing/printing paper, paper plates and napkins, coffee filters)
Corrugated cardboard (without any waxy/slick paper coatings)
Coffee grounds/tea bags
Vegetable and fruit scraps
Trimmings from perennial and annual plants
Annual weeds (that haven't set seed)
Animal manures (cow, horse, sheep, chicken, rabbit, etc. No dog or cat manure.)