Your Own Natural Fertilizer
Composting changes plants into soil.
When leaves decompose, the process changes leaves, grass clippings, wood ashes, and other plant materials into soil.
Half of the solid waste we produce in our homes and yards comes from plants.
Decaying plants create natural (organic) fertilizer.
Benefits from composting food scraps and yard trimmings:
Provides nutrients to your soil, naturally
Increases soil's capacity to hold water
Depresses weed growth
Enhances plant immune system
In 2015, an estimated 38% of food waste was composted in the U. S. and 57% was composted in the European Union.
Did You Know?
Nature recycles. Waste is a human invention.
Composting is like creating a probiotic for land
. . . adding microbes to soil like yogurt adds microbes to your gut.
Microbes recycle minerals, carbon and nutrients back into the soil.
Composting doesn’t stink because oxygen is present
. . . methane gas is NOT released.
Show you Care
Compost your yard trimmings and food scraps.
Then, use your compost to naturally fertilize your plants.
Torch Lake Watershed Compost
- In a covered bin, mix equal amounts of Green Material and Brown Material.
- DO NOT add animal waste products to the pile!
These items may be harmful:
- release substances harmful to plants
- attract animals or flies
- contain pathogens harmful to humans
- Add water to produce a damp - moist NOT soggy mixture.
- Stir with a pitchfork routinely to mix oxygen into the pile.
- Vegetable Scraps
- Fruit Peels and Rinds
- Corn husks and cobs
- Egg shells
- Coffee grinds and Filters
- Nut shells
- Cut grass
- Non invasive Weeds
- Plant pruning
- Dryer Lint
- Fireplace ashes
Do NOT Compost*
- Dairy Products
- Bones and scraps of meat or fish
- Fats, grease, lard or oils
- Charcoal ash
- Treated Wood Sawdust
- Pet Waste