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Make the World’s Best Soil This Fall

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Difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 1 hour



Compost is the world’s best soil amendment. Plus, it’s free. Combine vegetable, fruit and paper waste from your kitchen with weeds and spent plants from your garden to reduce, reuse and recycle organic waste before it leaves your yard. You can find enough materials to start a large pile just by cleaning up your yard and garden.

Fall is the best season to start composting. The freezing and thawing of winter naturally breaks up pieces of organic matter, setting the stage for fast decomposition in spring.

Make More Compost This Fall:

  1. Gather up withered plants and cut them into pieces. Prune corn stalks, tomato vines, and woody pepper plants and place in a pile near your composting site. Do not compost weeds with seed or diseased plants.
  2. Mow the grass one last time using a bagging attachment. Add the grass clippings to your compost to introduce nitrogen and help hold moisture.
  3. Combine materials in layers – grass clippings, kitchen scraps, stalks and sticks. Add a compost starter between each layer.
  4. Add water as needed to keep the pile moist.

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