Composting: How it Works (Part I)

How does composting work, anyway?

I will let the experts tell you:

“All composting requires three basic ingredients:

Browns—Includes materials such as dead leaves, branches , twigs
Greens—Includes materials such as grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds

Having the right amount of greens, browns, and water is important for compost development. Ideally, your compost pile should have an equal amount of browns to greens and alternate layers of organic materials of different-size particles. The brown materials provide carbon for your compost and the green materials provide nitrogen, while the water provides moisture to help breakdown the organic matter.”
(From the US Environmental Protection Agency)

Who does all of the work breaking down the waste? Find out tomorrow!

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