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PLANET PALA: DIY – HOW TO COMPOST AT HOME

HOW TO COMPOST AT HOME
Composting is just a way to recycle your food & yard waste!
Benefits of Composting, include: improves the structure & fertility of garden soil; adds nutrients & good bugs to your garden; and prevents diseased plants.

COMPOST NEEDS…
Heat, moisture, oxygen, plus a mixture of 2 parts green (nitrogen) & 1 part brown (carbon) organic materials.

WHAT TO FEED YOUR COMPOST PILE
Feed your pile roughly 1 part browns (carbon/usually drier yard waste/leaves) & 2 parts greens (nitrogen/usually food-based waste). You also want to keep it moist (like a wrung-out sponge) & turn it a couple of times a week.

Carbon (BROWNS)(50%)
Carbon-Rich Materials (Dry):
• Brown Leaves
• Twigs & Branches (small)
• Brown Paper Bags (shredded)
• Newspaper & White Paper (shredded)
• Cardboard, Toilet Paper Rolls (shredded)
• Cereal Boxes (shredded)
• Egg Cartons & Coffee Trays (shredded)
• Coffee Filters & Tea Bags
• Pine Needles
• Old/Dead Plants (not diseased ones!)
• Straw & Hay
• Wood Chips / Mulch

Nitrogen (GREENS)(50%)
Nitrogen-Rich Materials (Wet):
• Fruit & Veggie Scraps/Peels
• Cores & Rinds
• Coffee Grounds & Tea
• Crushed Eggshells
• Cooked Pasta (no sauce)
• Cooked Rice
• Bread
• Grass Clippings
• Green Leaves
• Sandwich crusts, old bread
• Soggy cereal
• Stale pastries

TYPES OF COMPOSTING

CHOOSE YOUR BIN BASED ON HOW MUCH GREEN WASTE YOU HAVE, YARD SIZE, & HOW MUCH WORK YOU WANT TO DO.
• Worm Composting
• Outdoor Piles
• Bin / Box
• Tumblers (fast)
• Bokashi
• Green Cone

So How Do I Compost? A Step-by-Step Guide… [see graphics]

DOWNLOAD TIP SHEET
Feel free to download the DIY – How to Compost at Home Sheet (.pdf).


DIY – How to Compost at Home Sheet, Page 1

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DIY – How to Compost at Home Sheet, Page 2

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PED WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST
For more information from Pala Environmental Department’s Water Resource Specialist:
Heidi Brow’s Profile | 760-891-3514 | hbrow@palatribe.com

PALA ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENT
For more information contact the Pala Environment Department:
760-891-3510 | ped@palatribe.com | ped.palatribe.com.