Creating a compost section We are creating a Neighborhood Composting Section in the Garden.

Neighborhood Composting

Local community composting programs are gaining in popularity all over the state of New York. Communities are diverting food and yard wastes from the waste stream and supplying participants with fresh, local compost! These neighborhood sites are often located in or near community gardens where neighbors gather to grow food and share community.

Check out these programs if you want to learn more: NYCWasteLess Program

Compost Ingredients

Food - A good working compost pile has a mixture of high nitrogen, moist materials called "greens" and drier, carbon-rich materials called "browns".

Greens include food scraps (such as fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, tea bags and old bread), fresh grass clippings, fresh weeds and manure.

Browns include fallen leaves, dry weeds, shredded paper, wood chips and straw. Add greens and browns in layers.
Every time you add food scraps, cover them with browns or with partially degraded materials to deter unwanted creatures from your compost pile or bin.

Microorganisms - Bacteria and fungi do most of the work in a compost pile. They eat the food and turn it into compost. Having enough food, air and moisture will help the microorganisms to thrive.

Air - Compost microorganisms need oxygen! While not necessary, turning (or mixing) the pile twice a month will add more air and speed up breakdown.

Moisture - Composting works best with the right amount of moisture. If the pile is too wet, add some leaves, shredded newspaper or sawdust. If it's too dry, add some water. How do you know if the pile is too dry or too wet? Take a handful of material from the center of the pile and squeeze it. Just a few drops should come out.