Keep kitchen and garden wastes out of landfills with a home compost pile.
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Compost materials are often referred to as "green" and "brown," and both varieties are needed for decomposition. Green materials, like grass clipping and vegetable peelings, add nitrogen; brown materials, like dried leaves and hay, provide carbon.
Do not add meat or fish scraps to your pile--this may attract rodents. To reduce fruit fly populations, add some topsoil or peat moss and bury fruit and vegetable scraps a few inches under the surface.
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