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How to Compost

Composting is easy! Learn all the basics by following the steps in the guide below.

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Follow this steps to start composting at home

1. Select a method (Indoor or Outdoor)

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2. Select a bin

(Tumbler, turning unit, enclosed unit, open unit or wormfarm)
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3. Find a proper location for your bin

Location - Close to kitchen or garden<br>- Level ground near water source.<br>- On bare soil in sun or shade. <br>- Away from trees and shrubs. <br>- Sufficient space for composting. <br>- Away from wooden buildings.

4. Supplies required:

Compost Bin, Kitchen Scrap Container, Pitchfork + Optional (Thermometer, Wheelbarrow + Compost Screener)
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5. Layer up materials:

1 layer of greens, 1 layer of browns. Use 2 times or more browns than greens, and make sure the last layer is brown (to avoid odors and critters)
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6. Turn and Add water as needed. Then wait and harvest!

It can take from 3 months to 2 years, start a new bin while waiting! If you turn the bin every other week the process will be quicker. Remember to let your compost cure for at least 2 weeks before using it.

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