Autumn Compost

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autumn compostCathy Isom fills us in on how to turn that great big pile of Autumn leaves into compost. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.

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The leaves are turning beautiful colors and many of them falling – which means it’s time to clean them up and turn them into compost. Some helpful tips to get you started: collecting and choosing the right kind of leaves. Maple, Birch, Ash, Beech and fruit tree leaves are fantastic to compost. Next you’ll want to shred the leaves, using a shredder or mower and finely grind the pile into tiny pieces. Then, add a Nitrogen source to your leaf compost pile. Such as fresh cut grass, or, chicken, rabbit or horse manure. Use a 5 to 1 ratio. For every 5 wheelbarrows, buckets or bags of shredded leaves you add to the pile – mix in 1 wheelbarrow, bucket or bag of cut grass clippings or manure. The final step is to turn your compost pile about once or twice a week, so it heats up and breaks down quickly. And keep it as moist as possible – like the consistency of a damp sponge.