We think making compost is fun! Basically you are simply returning organic matter back to the soil. There is no right or wrong way to make compost but there are certainly better and worse ways. Here is what we think the ideal compost pile would look like.
Into your composter (or on the ground if you are making a pile), put in a thick layer of leaves or straw or something airy and high in carbon. Add a good layer of grass clippings, kitchen scraps, weeds that have not gone to seed, coffee grounds or other organics high in nitrogen. Top with a small layer of old compost if possible, and a shovel-full of soil (worms need grit for their digestive system). Continue adding alternate layers of carbon-rich and nitrogen-rich materials. If you have access to seaweed, egg or oyster shells, manure (but not dog, cat or human) or even wool, shredded paper, wood ashes go ahead and add some.
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