Composting is a simple, rewarding way to recycle yard trimmingsand food scraps at home while creating compost, a valuable soilamendment for gardens and lawns.Food scraps and yard trimmings, such as leaves, grass clippings,garden debris, and brush, make up over 20% of a typicalhousehold’s solid wastes. When treated as trash, these materialsincrease the cost of collecting and handling community solidwastes. In the landfill, they consume valuable space and createpotential pollutants such as leachate and methane gas. Bycomposting at home, you help to reduce the cost and environmen-tal risks of managing solid waste materials.But equally important, yard trimmings and food scraps containvaluable soil-building nutrients and organic compounds whichnature normally recycles through the decay process. Bycomposting organic materials, you can accomplish the same thing.Compost is easy to handle and rich in organic matter. It is prized bygardeners and landscapers as a soil amendment, mulch, andsource of plant nutrients.
Composting at Home
explains the benefits and basics of backyardcomposting. It covers the composting process, the ingredients andmethods for building a compost pile, how to manage it, and how touse compost. You will find enough information here to start and