All The Brown Material You’ll Ever Need For Your Compost Bin

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At my house there is never a shortage of green material (also known as wet or nitrogen-rich matter) – orange peels, corn husks, dinner food scraps, yard waste, etc. – for my compost bin, but when it comes to finding brown (also known as dry or carbon-rich) material, in the past I’ve often ended up coming up short. The trick, of course, to getting compost to work and breakdown into that coveted nutrient-rich soil is to have the right combination of both green and brown matter.

About a year ago, however, I posted my first Green Tip of the Week suggesting that my readers keep a bag or two (or three) of their dry fall leaves to use throughout the coming year as brown material to add to their compost pile or bin.

If you don’t have a lot of leaves in your yard, chances are you can find a neighbor who’d be more than willing to part with a couple bags of their leaves, especially if you agree to rake and bag them!

Luckily for us (I guess), we had no problem accumulating several bags of leaves to hold onto last fall which is exactly what I did and I was so happy to have the dry material whenever I needed it. The only problem was that I sometimes still forgot to add it (oops!) and then ended up with a huge fruit fly problem at the end of the summer (which I thankfully found a remedy for).

For a lot more information about composting, check out Julie’s post here on 5 Minutes For Going Green called “Let it Rot!

Original 5 Minutes for Going Green post.

You can read more from Amy Gates at her blog Crunchy Domestic Goddess where she writes about green living, attachment parenting, activism and maternal health. Subscribe to her blog here.

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