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No fertilizer can do your garden as much good as compost can. It’s impossible to overfertilize with it. Even in colder climates, you can add to your compost year-round. And it puts worms to work for you in the garden!
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Composting is not the same as rotting, and it shouldn’t be smelly. Keep it moist but not soggy and turn it every week to keep it processing evenly. It won’t attract animals if you keep it tightly covered and never add meat or fatty kitchen scraps.
Good composting requires four things: carbon, nitrogen, water and oxygen. To balance the carbon and the nitrogen, think of them as “brown” and “green.” Brown materials have lots of fiber like straw, fallen leaves or woody plant stalks. Green materials have lots of nutrients like kitchen scraps and lawn clippings. Balance three parts brown to one part green, and in a few weeks you’ve got “gardener’s gold”!
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