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Siting Compost

Composting is a great way to turn kitchen scraps and yard waste into what gardeners call "black gold." But before you start composting, it's important to pick a good site.

Choose a spot that's easy for you to get to, so that you'll be inclined to add new material and to turn the compost on a regular basis.
You might want to place your compost where it won't stand out to your neighbors.

Also make sure that the hose can easily reach the site, since the compost needs to be moist for the magic to happen. If you use a covered bin, it will be easier for the pile to retain moisture during the hot but dry months in the early summer.

And speaking of summer, be sure to pick a shady spot if you don't want to feel the heat while you're tending the compost.


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