Recent Composting Articles

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Ugh, What Happened to the Compost?!

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 19, 2014

Ah, compost. That rich, earthy smell, those happy worms, those organic materials breaking down to provide fantastic soil for nourishing your garden. You just want to stick your hands...

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Clearing Up After the Holidays

Posted by Katie Marks | Dec 26, 2013

The holidays tend to generate large volumes of waste as you raise the roof with your celebrations. You've got wrappings; old tech and other discards replaced by shiny new presents;...

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November Garden Checklist

Posted by Katie Marks | Oct 31, 2013

It's Halloween (eek!) today, which means that we're counting down rapidly towards the end of the year. Tomorrow, a new month dawns, and that means it's time to start thinking about...

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What to do With All These LEAVES?!

Posted by Katie Marks | Oct 23, 2013

The hills are alive with color this time of year, so much so that some people are even taking road trips to check out the beautiful yellows, oranges, and reds. And they definitely do...

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5 Interesting Compost Management Systems

Posted by Katie Marks | Oct 11, 2013

Compost: everybody's doing it, or they should be. Food waste is a major contributor to landfills, which is why some cities are starting to get aggressive about requiring composting,...

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Straight Talk on Meat and Dairy in the Compost

Posted by Katie Marks | Sep 30, 2013

Compost: in many ways, it's totally magical. You dump food waste, lawn clippings, paper, and other things into your compost pile, care for it, and it generates rich, dark, nutrient-laden...

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Animal-Free Fertilizers for Your Healthy Home Garden

Posted by Sayward Rebhal | Jun 28, 2012

Did you know that many of the traditional organic fertilizers, for hobby home gardeners, for professional landscapers and for large-scale commercial farmers, are derived from animals...

Rabbits act as natural lawnmowers when allowed to graze in a rabbit tractor. (Photo: Stephanie Berghaeuser/

Rabbits: Great for Green Gardens

Posted by s.e. smith | Jun 25, 2012

For those interested in expanding their microlivestock beyond chickens, rabbits are another species to think about. While they can be sensitive, they generate manure that is ideal for...