What are the basics of composting?

Answer Composting Basics The basics are simple, but it is a bit of an art to get one to heat fast and finish quickly. These hot piles are active composting. However, there is evidence that a slow pile p... Read More »

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What is a composting agent?

Composting agents are known as "activators."They basically provide a culture of the "good" bacteria necessary to start a compost.All these bacteria are naturally present in the top soil of a garden... Read More »

What is composting for kids?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 26 percent of the solid waste that goes into landfills could be composted. Teaching kids to compost is not only educational, it instills "gree... Read More »

What is the origin of composting?

The use of compost likely dates back 4,500 years ago or more. Early civilizations discovered that manure, mixed with with plant or other organic material, would help fertilize soil and make for bet... Read More »

What are the downsides to composting?

[1] If composting's done correctly, there's no downside other than a commitment to regular checking and turning. [2] There'll be downsides if material that shouldn't be composted is used. Examples ... Read More »