Thinking of starting a compost pile? Fall’s a great time.
That’s because the “brown” material that makes up the bulk of a good compost pile is abundant this time of year.
A compost piles performs best if it has about three times as much carbon-rich brown material as nitrogen-rich green material.
Brown material includes dead leaves, straw, coffee filters, tea bags, corn cobs, sawdust, newspaper, wood ashes, paper towels and napkins, dryer lint and cardboard egg cartons.
Green material includes fresh grass clippings and plant trimmings, kitchen scraps (no meat), tea leaves, coffee grounds, manure and organic packing materials, such as cornstarch peanuts.
Here are some composting tips from Gail Loos, inventor of the Green Cycler, a new breed of kitchen appliance that easily shreds kitchen scraps: