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What to do with kitchen waste

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October 22, 2011 — Many people turn to composting to keep their kitchen waste out of landfills. Mike McGrath reviews the right ways to recycle your lettuce leaves and apple cores. Plus: The Farmer’s Almanac predicts our winter weather; and answers to all your growing questions.

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Question of the Week

I recently heard you advise a listener to not bother putting kitchen scraps in her compost pile because they add little to the finished compost and slow the process down. But our earth and our gardens need us to compost more of our waste—as much as possible. How about multiple compost piles—one for a quicker, more finished compost, and another just for compostable kitchen scraps? Landfills aren’t good for our gardens, and the earth itself is a gigantic garden. Get the answer »

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