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Eventually this layer of decaying leaves and plants becomes a carpet of lush humus loaded with nutrients. New plants, shrubs, and trees take root and flourish in this rich material, and the natural cycle continues. The process is much the same when you compost in your backyard. The word “compost” comes from the Latin for “to put together,” and that is quite literally what you have to do—put together the correct amounts of unwanted yard waste, food scraps, and other organic items; manipulate environmental factors to accelerate natural decomposition; and make compost for use in flower beds, gardens, lawns, or anywhere you would use fertilizer or mulch.

Combining materials into a large single batch is an efficient way to produce compost quickly. When food scraps and the like are added regularly to a bin, the materials must be turned and agitated to promote decomposition. Stuff that you might currently grind up in the garbage disposal or chuck into the trash can help make some great compost. For example, when you eat an orange or banana, place the rind in the bin; when a loaf of bread goes stale, throw the slices in; when you trim the hedges, load the debris onto the pile.

Think of these hungry decomposers as nature’s cleanup crew. Eventually this layer of decaying leaves and plants becomes a carpet of lush humus loaded with nutrients. New plants, shrubs, and trees take root and flourish in this rich material, and the natural cycle continues. The process is much the same when you compost in your backyard. The word “compost” comes from the Latin for “to put together,” and that is quite literally what you have to do—put together the correct amounts of unwanted yard waste, food scraps, and other organic items; manipulate environmental factors to accelerate natural decomposition; and make compost for use in flower beds, gardens, lawns, or anywhere you would use fertilizer or mulch.

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