Health Tip: Creating a Compost

(HealthDay News) -- Creating a compose gives you a rich, natural fertilizer for your backyard garden.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains how to compost:

  • Separate appropriate materials into a green category (banana peels, apple cores, egg shells, onion skins, coffee grounds, some weeds and other fruit and vegetable waste) and a brown category (shredded paper, sawdust, coffee filters, some cardboards, nut shells, leaves, straw, wood chips and twigs).
  • Make sure compost pieces are small, and that the materials are able to drain and have adequate moisture.
  • Do not include animal remains, high-fat foods or dairy foods.
  • Make sure your compost has an earthy smell. If the smell becomes unpleasant, add more brown materials (described above) to the mix.

-- Diana Kohnle

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