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Composting Information
Composting is Easy
Don't worry, it's easy to begin composting and we have six simple steps to get you started:

Step One: Choose Your Compost Bin
There are many types of compost bins, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Read more about types of compost bins.

Step Two: Find a Good Location for Your Bin
Choose a site that is level, well drained, and is easily accessible all year round. Place your bin directly on top of the soil rather than on concrete or pavement. This ensures that worms and other beneficial organisms can make their way into your compost pile. Remove any grass or plants under/around your bin and turn the soil to a depth of six to eight inches.

Step Three: Know What You Can Compost
Composting ingredients are generally divided into two types of materials: brown and green.

 Brown Compost Materials  Green Compost Materials

Step Four: Know the 'No Go' List
There are a number of materials that you should keep out of your compost pile:

 What Not To Add
Adding some items, such as vegetable fats and dairy products, will simply slow down the composting process by excluding oxygen that helpful organisms need to do their job. Adding other materials is dangerous because of the chance of poisoning or disease. Human and pet feces, chemically or pressure treated wood or sawdust, and meat and animal fats should never be added to your compost pile.

Step Five: Making Great Compost
Making great compost is like making a giant layer cake. Start with a four inch layer of brush, twigs, hay or straw at the bottom of the bin. Then add a four inch layer of brown material, and top it off with a thin layer of finished compost or good garden soil. This is one layer.

Then add a four inch layer of green material topped with a thin layer of compost or soil. Moisten each layer by misting it lightly with a garden hose. Keep adding materials in alternating layers of green and brown materials until the bin is full.

Once you have a full bin you can turn the pile every 14 days or so. The more you turn the pile the faster you will have finished compost.

Step Six: Using Your Compost
Congratulations! Your compost is ready to use! It was take anywhere from 14 days to 12 months to produce finished compost, depending on the materials and methods used.