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Composting Tips

If you're just getting started with composting, here are a few helpful tips.

You can buy a compost bin, but it's also easy to make your own. Check the internet for do-it-yourself instructions. Vegetable scraps are great for compost piles, and you can also add items like eggshells and coffee grounds. Just don't add meats, fish, or fats.

Your compost pile will work faster if you keep it moist and turn it often. Branches and twigs break down quicker if you run them through a chipper. The same is true for the waxy leaves of magnolias and live oaks.

And did you know you can even add weeds to your compost pile? Avoid weeds that have set seed, and don't add Florida betony or other weeds that can regrow from plant parts.


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