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: 

  1. Nitrogen (from sources like grass clippings or those throwaway veggie scraps)
  2. Carbon (from sources like sawdust or twigs)
  3. Water
  4. Air 

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. 

For Your Organic Bookshelf: Let It Rot! The Gardener’s Guide to Composting

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