Composting in Houston? Here are dos and don'ts you should follow

Compost nurtures your garden soil and it comes at no extra cost.

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HOUSTON – Composting at home is a great way to save money and help plants grow.

You can use material you have available at your place to enrich your lawn, flower beds or veggie garden and it doesn’t necessarily have to be just all kitchen scraps.

“If you have a small space, I would definitely recommend a compost tumbler, or something like that. If you have a yard, and you can actually put a pile of decomposing stuff on the ground, then just go directly on the ground. If you have a yard that is out of the way...you can start building your compost pretty easily,” said Corey McMullen, from Urban Organics, who shared a list of materials he suggests adding to your compost pile to ensure success.

SOURCES FOR COMPOST

1.    Carbon (“Browns”)
2.    Nitrogen (“Greens”)
3.    Oxygen
4.    Water

According to McMullen, creating the proper balance of these source is the key. A general rule of thumb for your compost pile is 80% brown: 20% green.

 

WHAT TO ADD TO YOUR COMPOST