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How do I know when my compost is done?

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           LIVING GREEN - Thursday, June 12, 2008
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Good morning, 

Composting is not just having a big pile of slowly decom-
posing vegetable matter in your back yard. The end result 
is a clean, healthy, earthy-smelling material that you can 
use all over your yard, landscaping and garden. But when 
do all those vegetable scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, 
tea bags, newspapers, dead leaves and grass clippings turn 
into useful compost? 

Just like everything else with this extremely useful house-
hold project, the answer is very simple. Scroll down to find 
out! 

Thanks for reading, 

Your Living Green editor 


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How do I know my compost is ready... 

* Depending on its composition and how your pile is main- 
tained, you will have usable compost in as little as two 
months. 

* Begin digging out compost from the bottom of the pile 
when you turn it over and cannot recognize the component 
parts any longer. Compost should be dark brown and crumbly. 

* Healthy compost smells pleasantly earthy - turn it more 
often and add more dry brown matter if yours smells funky. 

* Don't worry if your compost is not completely fine and 
crumbly. Even if it is a little lumpy, sticky or stringy, 
with bits of twig and eggshell still obvious, it is quite 
usable. 

        Check back tomorrow to find out what to 
        do with all that compost when it's ready!

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