Composting Methods



Create a list of raw materials you can use from our home or yard:

• Plant leaves from trees, shrubs and bushes (most are very rich in trace minerals).

• Bags of lawn clippings, sod or straw (avoid using weeds, which may sprout new seedlings).

• Unprocessed vegetable and fruit skins/leaves.

• Sawdust and wood shavings (both are great for slowing down the decomposition process).

• Pine needles, wood ashes, bird feathers, hair and other similar biodegradable products.

• Natural clothing items such at 100% cotton T- Shirts and silks that would otherwise be thrown away.

• Used coffee grounds, nutshells, eggshells and eggshell cartons.

• Plus numerous other forms of organic material around your home.

Warning: Never use any type of meat products, dairy products, cat litter, cat and dog manure, fish scraps, bones or other animal parts when composting.


Select a location on your property to create a large pile of materials from the items listed above.

It’s recommended you pick a location that won’t obstruct a driveway or become an obstacle in the future.

As you build your pile, try to create a pile that doesn't exceed 5 feet in height or 8 feet in diameter.

If you have more materials than you need for a pile, simply build 2 or more separate compost piles – it’s that easy.

If possible, make sure the compost pile is not exposed to high winds or other weather factors that may break it up over a period of time (i.e. water run off from snow or seasonal flooding).

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