Compost is the Most!

E.A.T. South board member Natilee McGruder teaches children about compost.

E.A.T. South board member Natilee McGruder teaches children about compost.

Saturday, we’re taking a rare off-farm trip to support National Clean-Up Day at Blount Cultural Park. We’ll pick up garbage and share a little info about composting. Rather than use up more paper, this resource sheet is digital.

Compost is garden magic. When you compost, you’re taking garbage (old left over fruit & veggie scraps, coffee grounds, mushy bananas, lawn debris), and instead of filling up the landfill, you’re making free fertilizer for your yard and garden.

Fall is coming soon, maybe. Don’t leave your leaves on the curb! Your trees have been putting energy and nutrients into those leaves all summer. Find an out of the way place and let em rot. Leaf mould is amazing mulch and fertilizer. Here’s how to make leaf mould.

Composting at Home, Environmental Protection Agency, basic info on composting, how it works, and why it’s important.

How to Build a Compost Bin, University of Missouri Extension, Materials list and how-to info on lots of compost bin styles.

Composting Central, University of Illinois Extension site with lots of compost info.

Make a Compost and Soil Sifter, Canadian Living, Not everything decomposes at the same time, so sometimes sifting is necessary. We also use an old plastic crate as a sifter. This one is prettier.

Worms are hard working urban livestock. If you don’t have space for a compost bin, consider bringing worms into your life, even your house.

Worms Eat My Garbage, Book focused on worm composting.

Vermicomposting - Composting with Worms, Nebraska Extension, This website will provide all you need to know to make a healthy, happy home for your worms.

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