Written by April Reinhardt (last updated May 1, 2020)
You can create a compost bin or pile in your backyard to help the materials decompose more quickly, and then use the compost to fertilize your garden, instead of sending them to the nearest landfill on garbage pickup day. Your compost heap will reach the proper temperature in about two weeks, and the compost will be ready to use when it is dark brown and crumbles easily. Turn your garden soil, apply your compost in a 3-inch layer, and work into the soil well with a shovel or pitchfork.
What can you put into a compost heap or bin? Here are some of the things you might want to include:
Although you'll want to include all-natural materials in your compost heap or bin, there are a few all natural materials that you shouldn't use. Don't use any of the following materials in your garden compost: fish scraps, chicken, cheese, bones, meat, fat, milk, oil, grease, pet manure, human feces, weeds, or vegetation that has been sprayed with chemicals. Now that you know what to add to a compost heap or bin, follow these steps to make your garden compost:
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