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The Compost with the Most: How to Fill the Compost Bin

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Nothing does more for your lawn and garden than a well-designed and maintained compost bin. Your compost bin will give you a place to hold your trash, food leftovers, and grass clippings, while providing nutrients for your plants.

Your compost bin brings benefits if maintained properly. Compost is a nutrient-rich mixture of a variety of refuse materials that you can use to feed plants, flowers, and trees.

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What to Keep in Your Compost Bin:

  • Tea Bags. When you are finished with your tea, take the tea bags and add them to the compost mixture in your bin.
  • Grass Clippings. Grass clipping are an integral part of any compost bin.
  • Old Flowers and Plants. These provide an excellent source of nutrients for your compost bin.
  • Paper. Because paper products were once living trees, they can also be added to your compost mixture.
  • Coffee Grounds. Another excellent addition for your compost bin.


Once you have your compost bin filled with the materials above, there are some simple concepts to keep in mind for getting the most out of your mixture all year round.

Other Compost Bin Considerations:

  • How Long? It could take anywhere from 8 months to a year before your compost mixture is ready for use. When the bottom of the bin looks like dark fertilizer, your compost is ready for use.
  • Placed Where? Your compost bin should be placed on bare soil so that the nutrient creation process is optimized.
  • Any More Ingredients? Just make sure that your compost bin has a nice variation of browns, greens, moisture, and air for the best growing conditions.

These easy steps will get you on your way to having a nutrient-rich compost bin to add growth and fullness to your plants, flowers, and trees.


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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