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Tips for building your first compost pile.

Make layers of equal parts of brown and green material (straw or dead weeds are brown, grass clippings are green). Be sure to add a shovel of garden soil every once in a while. Chop garden debris into smaller pieces before you put them in. The more surfaces the beneficial bacteria have to chew on, the faster the material decays.

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