Tag Archives: Compost

Winter Composting




There are two important things to know about winter composting in places like Massachusetts: 1. Winter composting is possible and requires little more than frequent additions. 2. If your compost freezes over, which is normal, that is NOT A PROBLEM! The pile will restart once … Continue reading






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Putting fall “garbage” to use




Autumn’s garbage provides a wealth of opportunities for next year’s garden. Not just leaves, but pumpkins and potted plants, too. (But leave the straw bale.)






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Rats and compost




Completely Updated 9/25/2016: Nobody wants rats in their compost. There are a few ways to get them to scram, and a few other ways to keep them from ever getting in, with varying degrees of cost and difficulty. Let’s start with the … Continue reading






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Upcoming compost class and event




I should have posted this earlier, but I’ve got one class (Thursday, October 1) and one event (Thursday, October 8) coming up. The class is Composting 101, taught through Arlington Community Education, Thursday, October 1, 7 – 8:30 pm. We’ll cover … Continue reading






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Is newspaper safe to compost?




It is spring and your world is awash with compostable materials from the kitchen and yard, but you’ve got no leaves to act as a carbon-rich material, so now what? Newspaper is the typical answer, but is it safe?






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How many leaves do I need?




People often ask how many leaves they should save for their compost pile. It’s the right question to ask, because when making compost if you strike the correct balance of leaves and nitrogen-rich food scraps, you’ll get rich, light, sweet-smelling compost. Get … Continue reading






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Garbage smells, compost doesn’t




Note: A shorter, slightly different, version of this appeared in the Arlington Advocate. Concerns about smelly compost usually come from people who, understandably, don’t understand the difference between a compost pile and a pile of garbage. So what are the differences … Continue reading






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Starting a compost in winter




This has been a very cold, very snowy (snowiest on record, more falling as I type this, on March 28, 2015) winter. Even in these toughest conditions you can successfully start a compost and get it cooking. I took this … Continue reading






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Recycling pumpkin recycling




I’ve addressed pumpkin recycling in the past, but it is worth revisiting and updating with a new flyer you can use, below. The idea is this: In most municipalities, you’re not supposed to put pumpkins in the yard waste, so it … Continue reading






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Compost: Stuff you need to start composting




It is the most basic of questions: What ‘stuff’ do I need to if I’m going to start composting? Not surprisingly, the answers are simple and inexpensive. You can compost with a gold-plated compost unit or some pallets tied together, and … Continue reading






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