Ever feel guilty about throwing away vegetable and fruit peels, rinds or scraps?
Your intuition may tell you there’s a better way to handle these leftovers.
Composting is a great way to make use of organic matter that you would otherwise trash.
Building a compost heap is relatively easy, and it will continually give back to your garden and the environment.
According to California’s CalRecycle program, the four necessary composting ingredients are:
- Nitrogen (from sources like grass clippings or those throwaway veggie scraps)
- Carbon (from sources like sawdust or twigs)
Once your compost is at the ideal level of decomposition (uniformly dark brown and crumbly), spread it on your garden to give plants a nutrient boost.
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