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Create Your Own Compost Pile

Creating a small compost pile in your own backyard makes it easy for households to convert small quantities of organic materials, such as yard trimmings and food scraps, into compost that can be spread onto garden beds, under shrubs, or used as potting soil for outdoor plants.

All composting requires three basic ingredients:

  • Browns—Includes materials such as dead leaves, branches , twigs
  • Greens—Includes materials such as grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds
  • Water

Ideally, your compost pile should have an equal amount of brown material, which provides carbon, and green material, which provide nitrogen. The compost pile should be kept damp, like a wet sponge, to help breakdown the organic matter. Add brown and green materials as you collect them, making sure larger pieces are chopped or shredded. Always bury fruit and vegetable waste under 10 inches of compost material. Remember to keep the pile moist, but not too wet, and stir weekly to avoid any odors. Over a period of time, ranging from six months to two years, the materials will be slowly transformed into a rich, healthy compost.

The followings items are great for composting:

  • Animal Manure
  • Cardboard rolls
  • Clean paper
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Cotton rags
  • Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
  • Eggshells
  • Fireplace ashes
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Grass clippings
  • Hair and fur
  • Hay and straw
  • House plants
  • leaves
  • Nut shells
  • Sawdust
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Tea bags
  • Wood chips
  • Wool rags
  • Yard trimmings
Visit the Knox County Yard Waste & Compost Area

For the less adventurous, compost and mulch are available free of charge
at the Knox County Yard Waste and Compost Area on 7425 Thayer Road, Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050

The Yard Waste/Compost Area is open 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, April through October.
During the Winter months, November through March, the site is open only on Saturdays.

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