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It’s International Composting Awareness Week!

The U.S. Compost Council has set May 1-7 as Compost Awareness Week. International Compost Awareness Week is an annual multi-media publicity and education campaign that showcases composting and compost products, from backyards to large-scale composting facilities.

Gardeners have used compost for centuries to increase soil organic matter, improve soil physical properties, and supply some of the essential nutrients for plant growth.  Composting is a method of speeding natural decomposition under controlled conditions. Many types of organic materials can be used for compost. Possible materials include sod, grass clippings, leaves, hay, straw, weeds, manure, chopped corncobs, cornstalks, sawdust, shredded newspaper, wood ashes, hedge clippings and many kinds of plant refuse from the garden.  There are many factors to take into consideration to make sure your compost pile is successful – location, how your going to contain the pile, ratio of materials, and layering.  Find out more about creating a successful composting pile and mulching in the UGA Extension publication “Composting and Mulching“.