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Composting in the Home Garden

the composting process
layering compost
what to compost
types of compost bins
troubleshooting
common questions
Composting in the Home Garden - What to Compost

What to Compost

You may use:

What to Compost

  • Leaves
  • Some manures (cow, horse, sheep, poultry, rabbit, llama)
  • Lawn clippings
  • Vegetable or fruit wastes, coffee grounds
  • Shredded newspaper or white, unglazed office paper
  • Trimmed plant materials
  • Shredded stems and twigs

Don't use:

  • Meat or dairy scraps
  • Some manures (cat, dog, swine, and carnivore manures)
  • Glazed, color printed magazine paper
  • Diseased plants or plants with herbicides applied
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