You can make compost in as little as four to six weeks with a compost tumbler. The secret is in the sauce.
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• Collect a variety of organic waste materials from your yard and garden.
• Be sure to include a mix of both nitrogen (green) and carbon (brown) ingredients for good balance.
• Do not add products that have been treated with chemical fertilizers or pest control products.
• If you have bulky items, such as corn cobs, melon rinds, or shrub clippings, shred before composting.
• Fill the compost tumbler with compostable ingredients, close the door, then turn the tumbler four or five times. Be sure to turn it daily.
• Fresh grass Clippings
• Shredded leaves
• Kitchen trimmings and peels from vegetables and fruits
• Garden debris such as dead flowers and plants
• Black and white newspaper
• Rotted fruits and vegetables
• Pine needles
• Coffee grounds
• Tea leaves and bags (remove the staples)
• Burned toast
• Citrus wastes
• Crab, shrimp and lobster shells
• Nut shells
• Potato peels
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You can add almost any organic material to your compost, and in small quantities you're unlikely to upset the balance of "greens" and "browns."
• Cardboard cereal boxes
• Human hair and animal fur
• Elmer's glue
• Fingernail and toenail clippings
• Fish bones
• Greeting card envelopes
• Grocery receipts
• Ivory soap scraps
• Kleenex tissues
• Lint from clothes dryer
• Manure (From horses, cows, chickens, rabbits, pigs or sheep. Do not add waste from dogs or cats)
• Milk (in small amounts)
• Old leather gardening gloves
• Old or outdated seeds
• Q-tips (cardboard, only)
• Weeds (Yes! The temperature inside the ComposTumbler gets hot enough to kill weed seeds!)
• Wooden toothpicks
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