Green Tip of the Week: Reasons to compost piling up

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It’s not too late to start a compost pile … in fact, with all the fall leaves that you no doubt have covering your lawn, it may be the ideal time to think about composting.

Composting is the natural decomposition process during which organic materials break down and create a nutrient-rich soil amendment called humus. Composting is nature’s way of recycling.

Home composting allows you to manage your yard waste on your own property.   It is also an effective way to cut down on the amount of trash that you put at the curb by removing kitchen scraps from the trash.

You can combine your leaves and woody materials, which are considered brown, carbon material with wet, green nitrogen materials such as vegetable and fruit scraps and grass clippings in a pile or in a bin that is specially made for composting.  Your bin/pile should be placed directly on the ground to invite the microorganisms that do the decomposition work for your pile.  Layer the brown and green materials, aerate or turn the material periodically, add water during dry spells, and you will have finished humus in one to six months; depending on the time of year and the type of pile that you have. Bins work faster than open piles.

You can purchase ready made bins. The Galloway Township Department of Community Education has some bins available for Galloway residents to purchase. Or you can make one yourself. Call the number below for easy-to-follow plans.

This tip is courtesy of the Task Force for a Sustainable Galloway.

For more information, call the Galloway Township Department of Community Education at 652-3700, ext. 209, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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