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Monday, September 29, 2014

Crazy about composting

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a composting workshop hosted for free by the City of LA. And whodathunk, I learned a little something...

  • Los Angeles has reduced its total waste production by 71% since 1989.
  • The benefits of composting include: saving money for the city; reduces water consumption in gardens/lawns; promotes soil fertility; and reduces the need for landfills.
  • Compost piles should be 50% green material, 50% brown material.
  • Compost should be moist like a damp sponge to prevent mildew growth.
  • Compost bins should be placed on dirt and not cement to help retain moisture and encourage worm activity.
  • Ingredients should be cut/shredded to the size of your pinky to ensure quick decomposition.
  • Compost can be used as mulch, soil conditioner, or potting mix.

    Slow compostingFast compostingVermicomposting
    Fresh compost in 4-6 monthsFresh compost in 4-6 weeksFresh compost in 1-3 months
    Reaches a max of 100 degreesReaches a max of 140 degreeesKeep in a cool place to not burn worms
    Mix once every 2 weeksMix once a weekAdd new bedded every month as needed
    Add ingredients as neededBatch composting; all ingredients added at onceAdd ingredients/bedding every month as needed
    What to compostWhat NOT to compost
    Greens (wet)Browns
    Yard clippingsDried leavesMeat
    Raw vegetable trimmingsPaper towelsOil/grease
    Egg shellsShredded cardboardDog/cat feces
    Tea bagsStrawDiseased plants
    Coffee groundsSawdustTreated wood
    Can't wait to get started!

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