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Did you know your food scraps, yard waste, and scratch paper can be extremely beneficial for your garden and the environment?

Building a compost pile in your backyard is a simple process while eliminating as much as 30% of household waste according to eartheasy.com. All you need is a plastic bin, a shady area in your backyard, food scraps, and yard waste.

Compost is an organic soil enricher that is full of nutrients. It can help keep your plants healthy by ¬†preventing plant diseases and pests, keeping your soil moist, and it ‚Äúproduces beneficial bacteria and fungi‚ÄĚ according to the EPA website.

Compost Bins:

There are many ways to start a compost pile, but the simplest way is to find a plastic bin with a lid or you can buy a compost bin from a local hardware store.


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The cheaper route would be to get a plastic bin with a lid and drill holes into it. Kim Young has an easy and cheap tutorial here. http://blissfullydomestic.com/home-bliss/how-to-make-an-easy-diy-compost-bin/125672/

If you do not want to go through the trouble of making your own you can purchase one.

Los Angeles County provides free workshops where you can learn how to compost and purchase a compost bin. Find out where they will be hosting a workshop in a city near you here. https://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/sg/index.cfm

What to compost:image00

A few examples of what you can compost are fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, grass clippings, coffee grounds, tea leaves, shredded paper, cardboard, and flowers. Make sure you cut items into smaller pieces.

Items that should be avoided include meat, bones, diseased plants, food scraps with oil, banana peels, peach peels, orange rinds, and glossy paper.

Getting Started:

Once you have a bin you are now ready to start composting.

  1. Place your bin in a shady area.
  2. Add your waste in layers, making sure you alternate between wet and dry items.
  3. Water your pile occasionally to keep it moist.
  4. Turn your pile every few weeks to add oxygen to it.

For a complete guide on composting, you can visit these websites:

http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost.html

https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home

https://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/sg/index.cfm

For information on composting at much more, check out this great blog at:

http://www.backyardboss.net/benefits-of-composting/

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