Compost Zodiac

What kind of composter are you?

By Scott Meyer and Beth Huxta


compostingThe Alchemist

Profile: You cultivate sources of specific ingredients--coffee grounds from the Whole Foods store, fur from the pet groomer, stable bedding from the alpaca farm. You are certain each will transform your heap into a pile of 24-karat black gold.

Advice: If you want to gild your compost by adding soil amendments (like bonemeal), "add them when the compost is finished and ready to be used in the garden," advises Janet Moreland, master composter with the Riverside County (California) Waste Management Department.  "Otherwise, the additives decompose and lose their valuable nutrients."

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