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    Hi, everyone,

    I'm starting a garden for the first time this year and want to compost, too. What exactly can you add to your compost? Is there anything you can't add? I've tried looking it up and it only gives me vague things.

    Thank you all so much for your help in advance

    Lisa
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    I would check with your local Cooperative Extension System Office. Here is a site that might help you with a detailed answer or maybe classes in your area.
    It has the State map that you can click on for detailed information.

    Cooperative Extension System Offices

    Good luck in your search, I only do composting on a small scale..
    JoAnn
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    Default Re: Composting

    What to Compost

    Animal manure (Not dog or cat)
    Branches and twigs (1/4 inch or more in diameter should be a shredded)
    Cardboard rolls and flat cardboard (shredded)
    Clean paper
    Coffee grounds and filters
    Corn stalks
    Cotton rags
    Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
    Eggshells
    Fireplace ashes and other wood ashes
    Fruits and vegetables
    Grass clippings
    Hair and fur
    Hay and straw
    Houseplants
    Leaves
    Nut shells
    Newspaper (not glossy inserts) can be shredded or not
    Peat moss
    Pine Needles
    Sawdust
    Stems and twigs
    Tea bags (staples removed)
    Wood chips and bark
    Wool rags
    Yard trimmings

    Leave Out
    Black walnut tree leaves or twigs--said to release substances that might be harmful to plants
    Diseased plants and chemically sprayed plants.

    Most recommend not to use meat, bones, fish, fats, or dairy in your compost pile as it could stink and might attract rodents. I have never had a problem with using them, but I am far away from my nearest neighbor so he isn't going to complain about the smell and we have plenty of rodents around anyway.

    Put the pile as close to where it is going to be used as possible. Piles need to be turned every couple of weeks to get air in. If you live close to someone else you might want to put a wood fence around your pile, some might not like the way it looks.

    I am sure there is more, but that is all I can think of right now. Hope this helps. Thanks; Virginia

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    Default Re: Composting

    I just attended a confrence on this at my library. I have a packet on how to. Ill check and see if maybe the info can be found on the web site.

 

 

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