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Compost without fall leaves

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April 30, 2011 — Although many people focus on kitchen waste, you can’t make good compost without a lot of dry, brown material in the mix. Mike McGrath explains how to make compost without fall leaves. Plus your fabulous phone calls!

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Question of the Week

You often mention that one of the secrets to making successful compost is to include sufficient “brown” material in the mix, specifically shredded fall leaves. But in the fall, I mow all my leaves and use the shredded leaves as mulch for my shrub and flower borders. As a result, I have little left over to use in my compost pile. I’m hoping you have some suggestions for other sources of brown material. Get the answer »

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