A Laid-Back Guide to Backyard Composting

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My Backyard Compost

compost bin

My composting adventures all started about 9 years ago when our local Penn State Cooperative Extension office offered a free composting bin (the round one in the picture) when you attended their free composting seminar. It sounded like a win-win for me, so I signed up. I was just starting to garden, and quite frankly I had no idea what a compost was until I saw the ad for the seminar. About a year later, our township offered square composting bins for $12, which was quite a steal, so I bought one and I was on my way.

So what did I learn at the seminar? That composting is a great way to recycle yard and kitchen waste, return nutrients back into your soil and that it is quite easy. It's kind of hard to screw it up and when you do, it is easy to fix.

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