Asked on May 2, 2017

Can I have compost pile of just veg scraps and one of just leaves?

Elizabeth DionCarolyn LanglinaisDale Creitz

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  • Dale Creitz
    on May 2, 2017

    You can have as many different piles as you have room for. Personally, I like to mix some leaves in with my vegetable scraps. Also, I like to grind my vegetable scraps with my blender before putting them in the compost pile. It hurries up the decomposition process.
  • Carolyn Langlinais
    on May 3, 2017

    Compost consists of brown (dead leaves) and green (vegetable scraps) matter. Having just one component will take forever to decompose and give you the good compost you're working for. These two together will get your pile temperature up to 140+ degrees, accelerating the breakdown of the brown matter. Don't forget to ask your local Starbucks for their free coffee grounds to add to your pile.
  • Elizabeth Dion
    on May 4, 2017

    You really need to have a good mix of greens and browns in the same pile to compost well. The pile must be watered and turned occasionally as you add more composting materials to it.
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