Composting Question
Composting QuestionWhat is composting exactly?

Composting Answer Composting is a process by which plant debris is slowly decomposed in a controlled environment that produces a rich, dark soil which is used for starting, growing, and /or strengthening your garden and indoor plants. It is a process used by nature over time. But in doing your own composting you can speed the process along and have fertilizer/soil any time you need it.

Composting Question
Composting QuestionWhy should I compost?  What are the advantages?

Composting Answer Besides the convenience of having your own rich soil on hand, there are advantages to the environment. It reduces the amount of material going to our landfills which then give off methane gases often thought of as harmful to our planet.

Composting Question
Composting Question I heard that composting gives off a greenhouse gas called carbon dioxide. Wouldn’t I be contributing to global warming?

Composting Answer It does give off carbon dioxide, but this is a natural by-product of all plant material and is not considered man-made which is the concern for environmentalists. And it helps to eliminate some of the methane and nitrous oxide which is being emitted into our air by the landfills.


Composting Question
Composting Question How difficult is composting?

Composting Answer It is actually fairly simple. Once you decide what method you wish to use, the biggest hurdle is getting in the habit! It is a simple process of making sure you have a balance between the brown (leaves, twigs, hay, grass,etc.) and the green (vegetable and fruit discards). There is some attention needed such as stirring periodically to get good aeration. (See our article entitled “Composting basics” for a more in depth discussion.) We recommend that you keep a small composting collection container in your kitchen. At the end of each day or week, simply take it out to your composter and add it to the mix.


Composting Question
Composting Question What items should NOT be composted?

Composting Answer Items such as meat, diseased plants or clippings, dairy products. For a complete discussion on this topic, please see our page titled “What to and not to compost?”