How is compost made?
Composting is the process of converting organic material such as moist food scraps, shredded paper, leaves, grass clippings, wood chips and coffee grounds into rich, organic humus - the gardener’s “black gold.” When moist organic resources are brought together they are converted into a microbe rich soil amendment called compost, which is beneficial to growing plants. The materials are first broken down by the smallest microorganisms such as bacteria, mites and fungi, and later by larger organisms such as earthworms, sow bugs and millipedes.

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1. What is backyard composting?
2. How is compost made?
3. What do I need for backyard composting?
4. What are some uses of compost?
5. Does adding bread and other food scraps to my compost draw rats?
6. Can I compost my dog manure?
7. Is compost with food waste better than yard waste only compost?
8. Is compost made from worms better than a hot thermal compost?
9. Will my compost ever get too hot and cause a fire?
10. Where can I get more information about composting?